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Gov. Tomblin: Weatherization Assistance program available

Nov. 02, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- In the wake of severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reminds West Virginians of the Weatherization Assistance program for low-income families.

"Most families across the state are turning up their thermostats in preparation for this weather event," Tomblin said in a news release before this week's storm, "but low-income families may not have that option. The Weatherization Assistance Program can help make lasting changes to low-income residents' homes and keep them warm for many winters to come."

According to the National Association for State Community Services Programs, low-income families pay 14.4 percent or more of their annual incomes for energy, compared with only 3.3 percent for other families. As a result, some families consider surviving the winter without heat.

The West Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program makes a difference in the lives of many citizens by utilizing state-of-the-art energy audits, air sealing, insulation and heating combustion analysis and repair/replacement to make energy efficient improvements in low-income and moderate-income homes.

The federally based program assists with the reduction of residential energy burdens on low-income Americans and protects them against fuel price volatility. Weatherization saves each family $437 in heating and cooling costs every year at current prices.

To view eligibility requirements and learn how to apply, visit the Office of Economic Opportunity online at http://www.goeo.wv.gov/weatherization/.