Friday, February 26, 2010

Residents might be eligible for free weatherization services

Residents of Lancaster County -- for the record, this includes all the municipalities in the Elizabethtown Area School District -- might be eligible for free weather proofing of their homes or apartments.

The Housing Development Corp. in Lancaster (full disclosure: I am the marketing and public relations manager for HDC) has held the state contract to provide weatherization services in the county (as well as in Lebanon and Chester counties) since 1976. This year, HDC is the recipient of $8.75 million in federal stimulus money through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to help even more people.

The weatherization program is designed to make homes more energy efficient by adding insulation, sealing drafty windows and making other changes that keep people warmer while reducing their energy costs. The work could reduce energy bills by as much as 30 percent -- and that's significant now that electric rates have increased dramatically.

The weatherization assistance program is entirely free to people who qualify.

The program assists people whose household income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The chart below shows the various income eligibility levels depending on how many people are living in the household:

1 person: $21,660 5 persons: $51,580
2 persons: $29,140 6 persons: $59,060
3 persons: $36,620 7 persons: $66,540
4 persons: $44,100 8 persons: $74,020
(Each additional person: $7,480)

Call 800-732-3554 for a FREE consultation about weatherizing your home.

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