Hoping to reach more residents, the Howard County Community Action Council is expanding a program that provides free home weatherization improvements.
The Weatherization Assistance Program currently helps low-income residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes by upgrading hot water systems, lighting installations and attic, floor and wall insulations. The expansion will allow moderate-income residents to receive the service.
The program is funded by U.S. Department of Energy grants funneled through the state to the CAC.
"Across the State and in Howard County there are families who, for the first time, feel challenged and financially stretched," County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. "Weatherization services not only benefit residents by helping to cut energy costs, but they have also benefited local contractors who are able to get back to work and fulfill a need in their communities."
The average energy savings for homes that have been weatherized is $400 a year, according to the Department of Energy. The county program has led to the weatherization of 206 homes over the past two years, including three operated by the ARC of Howard County.
Homeowners interested in applying for the weatherization program should contact 410-313-1181 or go to http://cac-hc.org/CAC/cac_howtoapplyweatherization.htm.