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Pennsylvania weatherization assistance program

Pennsylvania is making a major push into installing energy-saving home improvements to help families lower their heating bills. While caulking and sealing and insulation in the walls and the attic, an upgraded furnace or a new refrigerator, may not all seem glamorous, the truth is these improvement can save thousands of dollars per year in heating and energy bills.

About 30,000 homes in Pennsylvania will be eligible for weatherization assistance.

State government officials said the expansion of the Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program has three main goals:  to lower energy consumption and heating bills, to reduce the cost of home heating for eligible families, and to also put about 1,500 people to work.

In addition, these new federal funds will allow more improvements to each house. For example, the old guideline was to spend no more than $2,500 on average to upgrade a home. Now, a new Pennsylvania guideline will put that maximum at $5,000, and neighboring New Jersey's average will be $6,500.

All low and middle income homeowners can apply for aid to a community-weatherization agency. However, Pennsylvania did state that it will give a higher priority to those individuals and families that are already receiving help paying their heating bills through another federal or state government assistance program.




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