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Jul 082010

From Green Right Now Reports

While critics debate the true impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) reports some positive effects. The group has announced that its 35 member agencies weatherized more than 17,000 Illinois homes in the past year with the help of ARRA funds, doubling the number of homes from the previous year without ARRA monies.

The IACAA also reported that members created and retained more than 500 Illinois jobs because of the program.

“We are creating green jobs, improving the energy efficiency of homes and helping low-income families reduce their energy costs because of the Weatherization Assistance Program,” said Dalitso Sulamoyo, President and CEO of the IACAA. “Weatherization helps households, on average, save $437 per year on utility bills.”

Community Action agencies throughout Illinois spent almost $43 million in ARRA funds to weatherize homes last year. Illinois received $240 million from ARRA over a three-year period to expand the WAP. With two years of ARRA-funded weatherization work to complete, IACAA member agencies are aggressively pursuing their goals to weatherize even more homes in their communities.

Typical weatherization services include: installing insulation, sealing ducts and replacing furnaces, windows or doors.