Benefiting from Weatherization

 

Missourians are benefiting from weatherization.

The Missouri Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program provides cost-effective, energy-efficient home improvements to Missouri’s lower income households, especially the elderly, children, those with physical disadvantages, and others hit hardest by high utility costs. The program aims to lower utility bills and improve comfort while ensuring health and safety. Home heating and cooling is a high-cost, basic necessity. Americans spent $231 billion in 2010 on residential energy according to a 2010 Oak Ridge National Laboratory study.

The Division of Energy works with a network of community action agencies, city governments and not-for-profits to administer weatherization services. The agencies provide weatherization services to eligible clients, as well as training and guidance. The program saves clients’ money, while stimulating the state and local economy. The agencies use their own crews or contract the work to area businesses. Most products are purchased from state and regional manufacturers. Indirectly, through an economic multiplier effect, weatherization funds are used and reused, stimulating the state's businesses, economy and creating jobs.

More than 22,000 homes have been weatherized with ARRA funding. Based on current energy prices, weatherization services will reduce average annual energy costs by $437 per household. This equates to a total savings of more than $8 million for families that have participated in the program.  According to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for every $1 invested in the program, weatherization returns $2.51 to the households and society. Federal investment in the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance program supports nearly 25,000 direct and indirect jobs within related industries, and creates 52 new jobs for every $1 million of funds invested.  The program supports more than 485 jobs for Missourians annually.  Since the start of the Missouri’s Weatherization Program in 1977, more than 180,000 homes have been weatherized. The division meets with the Weatherization Policy Advisory Council regularly to consider the development of the subsequent year's Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan and the implementation and general status of the program.

Please visit our website to learn more about this program and to find your local weatherization provider.

For more information about home energy efficiency contact the Division of Energy.