A total of $494,875 was awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to local agencies across Alabama to help senior and low-income residents weatherize their homes.
“In the midst of Alabama’s hot summer months, elderly, disabled, and low-income residents on fixed incomes may struggle to pay utility bills to keep their homes cool and comfortable,” Governor Ivey said in a statement.
“These grants will help reduce the energy bills of those eligible for assistance by retrofitting their homes to keep them cool during the summer.”
The Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission serving Dallas and Perry counties, as well as others, received $43,971.
“An energy audit is carried out for each house eligible for weatherization assistance to determine the most cost-effective measures,” the announcement reads.
“Common upgrades include installing additional insulation in the attic, walls, and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups to air conditioning units and heating; and replacing incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency ones. In addition to lowering energy bills, upgrades can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.”