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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2011

Home Weatherization Program breaks state record

Program releases new income guidelines for weatherizations

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is pleased to announce that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has recognized the City’s Home Weatherization Program for completing a state record 108 home weatherizations in April 2011. Since the program’s inception in 1977, the State of Missouri has never received a report indicating more than 100 homes completed on a single weatherization grant in one month.

In addition, the City’s Weatherization Program has recently announced new weatherization income guidelines, which will allow more people, including renters with the participation of their landlord, an opportunity to take advantage of this very valuable program. The program is available to residents from Jackson, Platte and Clay counties, including those outside of Kansas City, Mo., limits.

The Home Weatherization Program offers participants cost-effective, energy-efficient home improvements, free of charge. These improvements may include air sealing; attic or wall insulation; door and window repair; furnace replacement; caulking; and weather stripping, among others.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), weatherization saves each house an average of $437 in heating and cooling costs annually at current prices. In addition, the EIA reports that for every dollar invested into the program, weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society.

Today, weatherization is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Since 1977, nearly 170,000 Missouri homes have been weatherized. The program’s primary demographic is Missouri’s low income households, especially the elderly, children, those with physical disabilities and others hit hardest by high utility costs. The program aims to lower utility bills and improve comfort while ensuring health and safety.

Home Weatherization Program applicants must not have received prior assistance from the program, unless it was prior to Sept. 30, 1994, and must meet the following, recently updated income guidelines:

One person – $21,780 or under

Two people – $29,420 or under

Three people – $37,060 or under

Four people – $44,700 or under

Five people – $52,340 or under

Six people – $59,980 or under

Seven people – $67,620 or under

Eight people – $75,260 or under

For each additional person, add $7,640 per year.

Total income is based off of household income for all adults and is calculated from all sources and is based on gross pay – before taxes and expenses are deducted.

Applications and additional information is available online at http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/Housing/HomeWeatherizationProgram and from the Property Preservation Division Office on the 11th floor of City Hall at 414 E. 12th St. To have an application mailed to you, call 816-513-3025.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Patrick McNamara, acting division manager, 816-513-3025.

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