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Bentley awards low-income, elderly utility bill grant

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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Grants awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley will help Alabama's low-income and elderly residents reduce their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

The Alabama

Weatherization Assistance Program gives priority to those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income households with children. Homes that qualify for assistance are repaired or updated to improve both energy efficiency and. safety.

High utility bills present a challenge for Alabamians living - on extremely limited incomes," Bentley said. "This program helps Alabama's most vulnerable residents make their homes more energy efficiency and makes energy costs more manageable."

For each home qualifying for weatherization services, an energy audit is conducted to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements include installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency compact fluores-cents. In addition to lowering energy bills, improvements can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the program from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Bentley awarded grants to 16 community agencies across the state that administer the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance.

Below is a list of each amount awarded, the name of the recipient agency, counties served and telephone number

$67,032 to Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia,

Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox) 251-626-2649

$75,225 to Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa) 205-758-4756

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Original Publication Date: September 11, 2014

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