Governor Robert Bentley has announced that a number of low-income and elderly Alabama residents who need help reducing their utility bills will receive assistance from $950,000 in grants.
$69,293 of that was awarded to the Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama which serves Cherokee County. along with Blount, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair counties
Those interested in finding out more in our area can call (256) 638-4430.
The grants are supporting Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides funds to improve energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children.
An energy audit is conducted of each home that qualifies for weatherization assistance to determine the most cost-efficient measures.
Some common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor sealing air leaks around doors and windows; and repairs/tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units. In addition to lowering energy bills, the improvements can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.
The Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs administers the program from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy.