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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addresses the crowd at the State Capitol after he is sworn in to his second term in office. (Jan. 19, 2015)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $1.77 million to help Alabama’s low-income residents cut their utility bills by making their homes more energy-efficient.

The funds support the Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program, which gives priority consideration to the elderly, those with disabilities and to low-income residents with children. Houses that qualify for assistance are modified to improve both energy efficiency and safety.

To identify the most cost-effective measures for each home, an energy audit is performed. Depending on the results, a home weatherization project may include adding extra insulation to the attic, walls and floors; sealing leaks in ductwork; repairing and tuning heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; and replacing incandescent lights with highly efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

The funding was provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is distributing the money to 16 regional agencies that provide local management for the weatherization program. Applications for weatherization services should be made to those agencies.

Below is a list of grants awarded, the counties in north Alabama served by each recipient agency and a local telephone number that residents may call to apply for assistance:

  • $53,603 to Community Action of Etowah County Inc.  (Etowah)  256-546-9271
  • $140,023 Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair) 256-638-4430
  • $128,747 to Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker and Winston) 256-355-7843
  • $112,465 to Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone) 256-851-9803
  • $62,803 to Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) 256-766-4330