Weatherization assistance keeps Kentuckians warm with home improvements [Fitness and health]

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Winter survival requires the ability to stay warm. That seems like a no-brainer, but too many Kentucky families suffer high energy bills and uncomfortable cold in the winter and unbearable heat in the summer because they're financially unable to make some basic home improvements. The Kentucky Weatherization Assistance program has been helping low-income families, and elderly and disabled Kentuckians for 30 years by reducing energy costs during the winter and summer months through home improvements they cannot afford.

Governor Steve Beshear announced yesterday that more federal funding has been made available to help those without the financial resources to "significantly increase their home's efficiency, improve household safety and reduce utility costs through many weatherization efforts such as ensuring proper insulation and installing energy-efficient appliances."

Kentucky was awarded approximately $70 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for weatherization, and because of the contract Community Action Kentucky (CAK) has signed to buy GE appliances built at GE Appliance Park in Louisville, the desire for energy-efficiency has brought community effort full circle, providing locally-built water heaters to Kentucky families, reinvesting these ARRA funds into our  community's workforce.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said, "The GE GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater is made right here in Louisville. It's putting Kentuckians to work, and once it's in the home, it's saving Kentuckians money. We are proud to be part of a partnership that will help participants see real results with more energy-efficient homes and hundred of extra dollars in their wallets each year."

The weatherization program in Kentucky is funded by the Finance and Administration Cabinet, and managed by Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC). KHC then grants funds to CAK, and Kentucky's 23 Community Action Agencies to provide direct weatherization services throughout Kentucky.

"The Weatherization Assistance Program is a remarkable example of how stimulus dollars are benefiting our Commonwealth through economic development, job creation, and promoting energy efficiency," said Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller.

Richard L. McQuady, chief executive officer of KHC said, "The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to keep Kentuckians warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long."

If you or someone you know will need assistance this winter to stay warm and healthy, and to reduce energy bills though home improvement, get more information by visiting kyhousing.org, or call (800) 633-8896.

Image: Courtesy Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC)

About Rachel Hurd Anger
Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys running in our metro parks, drinking local beer, and raising suburban chickens. Most recently she has contributed to a special edition of Chickens magazine.
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