Governor Bob Riley has awarded $9.26 million, including $4.86 million in federal stimulus funding, to help Alabama’s low-income residents cut their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program gives priority consideration to the elderly, those with disabilities and to low-income residents with children. Houses that qualify are modified to improve both energy efficiency and safety.
“Each month many Alabama families with limited incomes are forced to spend more than they should for utilities because their homes aren’t properly sealed and insulated,” Governor Riley said. “By making houses more energy efficient, this program saves energy, reduces pollution and leaves residents with more money for other essentials.”
To identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, an energy audit is performed. Depending on the results, a home weatherization project may include extra insulation for the attic, walls and floor, sealing leaks in ductwork, repairs and tune-ups for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, and replacement of incandescent lights with highly efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
Families with gross income of 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less are eligible to apply. That means a family of four can have no more than $44,100 a year annually in gross income. The qualifying cap for a family of two is an annual income of no more than $29,140. Alabama’s weatherization program is getting a boost this year from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which is supplementing $4.16 million allocated to the state by the U. S. Department of Energy. The Energy division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the state program. The office expects additional stimulus funds to be allocated at a later date.
To carry out the weatherization program, Riley awarded grants to 15 community action or other sponsoring agencies across the state. These agencies administer the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance.
Below is a list of grants awarded, the counties served by each recipient agency and contact information for applicants:
- $484,976 to Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) 256-766-4330.
- $550,628 to Community Action Partnership of Huntsville, Madison and Limestone Counties (Madison and Limestone) 256-851-9800.
- $637,338 to Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston) 256-355-7843.
- $556,980 to Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) 256-638-4430.
- $291,066 to Etowah County Community Services Program Inc. (Etowah) 256-546-9271.
- $533,864 to Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties. (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and Talladega) 256-362-8147.
- $1.09 million to Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (Jefferson) 205- 458-2626.
- $252,606 to Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa. (Chambers, Coosa and Tallapoosa) 256-825-4287.
- $692,840 to Community Services Program of West Alabama (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) 205-752-5429.
- $586,860 to Elmore-Autauga Community Action Committee (Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Perry and Shelby) 334-567-7298.
- $458,988 to Montgomery County Commission (Montgomery) 334-262-4300.
- $532,984 to Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (Lee, Macon and Russell) 334-262-4300.
- $884,478 to Organized Community Action Program Inc. (Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes and Pike) 334-566-1712.
- $671,900 to Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe and Conecuh Counties Inc. (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox). 251-626-2649.
- $1.03 million to Mobile Community Action Inc. (Mobile, Choctaw and Washington). 251- 457-5700