Gov. Ivey awards additional $2.9 million for weatherization projects in Alabama

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Posted 7/22/21

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $2.9 million to assist low-income, elderly and disabled residents with making their homes more energy efficient.

The governor awarded grants to 14 community …

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Gov. Ivey awards additional $2.9 million for weatherization projects in Alabama

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Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $2.9 million to assist low-income, elderly and disabled residents with making their homes more energy efficient.
The governor awarded grants to 14 community action agencies under the Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program. The program assists eligible recipients through projects that make their homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
“Alabamians on fixed incomes often have to make the decision between buying food and medicine or paying excessive energy bills to stay comfortable in their homes,” Gov. Ivey said. “This program helps remove that decision by providing improvements to reduce energy costs.”
The weatherization grants were funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The awards supplement $3.1 million in similar grants funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and awarded last week by Gov. Ivey.
Energy examiners inspect homes to determine the most energy efficient measures the structures should undergo. Weatherization work usually involves attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing ducts, tuning up heating and air systems, and installing energy-efficient lighting. Houses are also checked for fire safety and other hazards.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants. People seeking assistance should contact the community action agencies in their areas.
“This program has made vast differences in the lives of many Alabamians,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and the other partners in this invaluable program.”

Local recipient agencies are:

•$190,040 to Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox counties)

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.