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Weatherization programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin will receive almost $150 million in federal government stimulus funds that will be used to help people weatherize their homes and reduce their heating and cooling bills, according to the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Web site. It is estimated that about 11,000 residences across the state will receive assistance and improvements to their homes from 2009 through 2011.

Many local agencies and charities distribute the funds and run the program. For example, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin has programs to aid seniors with house weatherization and other home repairs and upgrades, according to the Ms. Kruse, who is the resource specialist for the center. Low-income residents are referred to the North Central Community Action Program for programs for low and moderate income applicants.

The upgrades are extensive, and they are free. As part of the weatherization program, attics, and in some cases sidewalls, are insulated, home furnaces can be tuned or replaced, caulking is installed, and more.

In addition to free weatherization upgrades, the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program provides a one-time cash payment during the heating season, Oct. 1 through May 15, that funds a portion of heating and electric expenses, said Emily Winecke, program spokeswoman for the energy assistance program.

Also note that available aid isn't limited to only energy and weatherization assistance. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin also has a senior home repair program that helps the elderly or people with disabilities keep their homes safe and repair their homes as needed.





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