Agency offers help
Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 3:03 pm
The Messenger, August 20, 2010
Qualified Obion and Dyer County residents interested in lowering their utility bills can still receive help from the Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council. Tennessee received $99 million in weatherization funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Northwest EDC received $3.83 million and anticipates it will weatherize at least 500 homes. To date, 440 homes have been weatherized, but the agency is looking to help more people in Dyer and Obion Counties.
Weatherization activities include adding insulation, sealing leaks, caulking and other related measures to reduce a home’s energy costs and increase the home’s energy efficiency.
The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1015 East College St. in Union City or at Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council/Dyer County Office, 1400 Thornbrook in Dyersburg.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services administers the weatherization program through a network of 18 local agencies. A change in program eligibility from 125 percent to 200 percent of poverty opens the program up to many more Tennesseans. Priority will still be given to the elderly, disabled and families with children younger than the age of 6-years old. The program is available to both eligible homeowners and renters.
To learn more about the program, to download an application or to work on jobs in your community, visit www.tn.gov/wap.