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Stimulus Heats Up VA Weatherization Push

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 By Glen GardnerContact
May 15, 2009

Roanoke, VA - It may be warming up now, but winter eventually will come, so plans are in the works to weatherize a lot of Virginia homes before that happens. Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) runs a weatherization program in southwestern Virgina, where federal economic stimulus dollars will mean a three-fold increase in the number of homes that can be improved.

TAP president Ted Edlich says using stimulus funds to weatherize homes is a winner on three fronts.

"We've created jobs, we're going to do more houses and it's contributing to the environmental movement in this country and the world."

TAP will be getting nearly $1 million to weatherize homes; the agency had just $200,000 for its operations last year. Edlick says at least two new crews will be added to handle the workload. Weatherizing a home can save up to 40 percent on heating and reduce the carbon footprint of the average home substantially, according to TAP figures.

Edlich says the stimulus money being spent on weatherizing Virginia homes will have a major impact, at a number of levels.

"It's a perfect storm of two causes coming together: helping people to be able to afford to live in their homes - especially those people on lower incomes - and also the environmental movement."

TAP has weatherized more than 8,000 homes in southwestern Virginia.

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