DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/02/2016

Reducing Home Utility Expenses While Protecting the Environment

By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell

As temperatures drop, some Delawareans worry about utility bills that spike this time every year and their ability to keep their families warm during the winter season. Many households spend a large portion of their monthly income to heat poorly insulated homes, while drafty doors and windows allow heat to escape. That’s where Delaware’s Weatherization Assistance Program steps in to insulate and weather-proof homes at no cost to reduce the financial burden for low-income households, especially families with children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The Weatherization Assistance Program benefits Delawareans in several ways. First, home weatherization creates safer and healthier homes. While determining the weatherization that’s needed in each home, trained and certified workers also inspect homes for air quality, properly functioning heating systems and water heaters, and safety devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Second, home weatherization saves Delawareans money by saving energy. Properly weatherized homes use less energy, so you pay less. With the Weatherization Assistance Program, residents have saved 30 percent or more on their utility bills. According to the Department of Energy, families receiving weatherization services save more than $400 a year on their energy bills. And third, home weatherization helps protect our environment. Weatherization and energy efficiency reduce a home’s carbon footprint, or the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to power, heat, and cool a home. The Weatherization Assistance Program has helped thousands of Delawareans, and this year it celebrates 40 years of providing this valuable service. To learn whether you’re eligible to participate, please visit Delawareans deserve a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home, and the Weatherization Assistance Program is helping to make this a reality for more of our people, while supporting our economy and our environment. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.