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As the temperatures drop, Minnesota recognizes Weatherization Day

10/25/2018 9:46:12 AM

For Immediate Release

SAINT PAUL – More than 2,000 Minnesota households received weatherization services last year to help reduce their energy bills. To raise awareness of this important program, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Oct. 30 as Weatherization Day in Minnesota.

As Governor Dayton’s proclamation states, because of its proven effectiveness and its recognized potential to do more for the common good, the Weatherization Assistance Program has gained the growing support of public and private interests.

“Our state Weatherization Assistance Program has been a lifeline for vulnerable Minnesotans who struggle with high energy bills because they live in older homes with poor insulation, old heating systems or inefficient appliances,” said Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman, whose agency administers the program in cooperation with a network of 24 local service providers.

Directed by the U.S. Department of Energy, /commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/weatherization/index.jspMinnesota’s Weatherization Assistance Program serves households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines ($50,200 for a family of four). It provides free home energy upgrades to income-eligible homeowners and renters to help save energy and make sure their homes are healthy and safe. Priority is given to households with seniors, disabled family members, children or high-energy consumption.

The Weatherization Assistance Program helped Juan Bolanos, 82, stay in his century-old home in south Minneapolis. Like many older Minnesotans, Bolanos wanted to age in place, but his house had outdated appliances and many inefficiencies, including significant air leakage.

Bolanos couldn’t afford all the needed upgrades, but weatherization funds helped provide major energy and safety improvements, including a new high-efficiency furnace and water heater, air sealing and attic insulation, and smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

You can read more about this weatherization success story on the Commerce Department website.

The state’s weatherization program has served about 37,000 Minnesotans over the past decade. Weatherization recipients save an average of $283 on utility bills each year, according to the Energy Department. The U.S. Department of Energy offers a Q&A on weatherization.

How to apply

Eligible Minnesotans can apply for weatherization assistance through /commerce/eap.jspa combined application with the state’s Energy Assistance Program (which helps homeowners and renters pay their heating bills). The completed application should be sent to your local service provider.

To get an application or find your local service provider, contact the Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center at energy.info@state.mn.us or 800-657-3710.

Media Contact
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
p: 651-539-1463 | c: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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