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Low-income homeowners get nearly $1M federal grant to weatherize homes

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Orange County is getting $911,000 from a federal grant to continue a program that helps low-income homeowners weatherize their homes to make them more energy efficient.  Orange County Housing and Community Development Manager Mitchell Glasser told us the money from Washington DC gives county residents that qualify a big benefit.

"It's energy savings from energy conservation, and it's also saving people who are very low income by saving them money on their energy bill by making their home more energy efficient."

People who apply for the grant will get the county to come out to their home for a comprehensive energy audit, according to Glasser.
"Fans and a lot of electrical computer equipment that actually does an energy analysis of the house and where air is getting, escaping from the house."

After problems are determined, Glasser says the grant will pay to have things replaced like windows, doors, caulking, even cleaning and/or replacing air conditioning units. He says they are looking for specific homeowners as a priority.
"Those are usually elderly and disabled households.  Families with children under 12, and people with a very high energy bill, like say over 14 percent of their household income."

Glasser says without the federal grants, the County would not likely have the program at all.
"It's unlikely that we would be doing this program at all in IOrange County with these funds. It's probably something that we would not use our general revenue tax dollars to do."

Orange County originally got stimulus money to begin the program and were a bit surprised 911 thousand dollars more was allocated this year.  Their plan is to spend between $5,000 and $6,000 per home, meaning they can repair somewhere around 150 homes.

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