State and local governments are handling billions more dollars going into the federal Weatherization Assistance Program
. The program allows as much as $6,500 to be spent sealing up a house for income-eligible homeowners. The income thresholds were raised under the new legislation to 200 percent above the federal poverty line. That corresponds to an income of $44,100 for a family four or $29,140 for a family of two.
Jason Hartke of the U.S. Green Building Council
said upgrades from this program often start with sealing up a leaky house. "They go for the low-hanging fruit first: weatherstripping, insulation, new windows. Those are big energy savers that often pay for themselves."
For questions about your eligibility for the Weather Assistance Program, call the program hotline at 800-363-3732.Learn How:
Make Your Doors Draft-Free
Insulate an Attic
Install a Window