Release: Vermont in Line for $17 Million for Weatherization

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10 – U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today announced $6.7 million in federal grants for home weatherization projects in Vermont, with another $8.4 million to come later.

The funds, secured in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, will help weatherize more than 1,800 Vermont homes, cutting energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating green jobs across the state.

The funds will be directed through the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity to five local organizations to provide services across the state.  Funding will be available to families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level – or about $44,000 a year for a family of four.  Up to 20 percent of the money will be available for job training.

After demonstrating successful implementation of the first phase of funding, the state will receive an additional $8.4 million, for a total of nearly $17 million.

Weatherization projects allow families to save money by making their homes more energy efficient, resulting in average savings of 32 percent for heating bills and hundreds of dollars per year on overall energy bills.

“These awards demonstrate the Obama administration’s strong commitment to moving quickly as part of the country’s economic recovery – creating jobs and doing important work for the American people – while ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.