The Weatherization Program in Utah Saves Lives, Helps those in Need and Boosts Local Economies
The Weatherization program in Utah has experienced a boost in Utah thanks to ARRA funding. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress has helped save 416 families in Utah impacted by poverty significant amounts of money on their utility bills and helped keep them safe and warm over the winter months. The weatherization program improves the energy efficiency of homes and replaces non-functioning furnaces for people who would be unable to afford to replace dangerous and malfunctioning units. The weatherization program also provides savings in the form of energy fixes to fix leaky windows, doors, and walls.
The jobs created by the weatherization program are good jobs. The Salt Lake Community Action Weatherization program serves a diverse population in need and works to solve the complex issues associated with poverty.
Deputy director Dale Canning says ARRA funds have greatly increased the agency’s ability to help a community in need. “In the last fifteen years only once have we had the resources to weatherize over 400 homes in a year. Because of ARRA funds in the last 8 months we have weatherized 416 homes,” Canning said.
Canning is also pleased that through the hard work of Weatherization program employees Salt Lake CAP has worked miracles in “I expect that by the end of the current year we will have weatherized over 700 homes. Our current ARRA production is at 137% of our anticipated rate.”