The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has awarded $3.1 million to multiple agencies, including one that serves Dallas County, to help weatherize homes for the elderly and low-income.
The Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission received $260,320. In addition to Dallas County, the commission serves Autauga, Chilton, Elmore, Macon, Perry, Russell and Shelby.
The effort to weatherize homes seeks to save residents costs in energy bills, said a press release from Gov. Kay Ivey.
Elderly, disabled and low-income Alabama residents on fixed incomes can struggle to pay higher utility bills, especially in the hot summer months,” she said. “These grants will assist in lowering the energy bills for many of them by updating their homes to keep them cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter.”
According to the press release, homes that qualify for weatherization will get an energy audit that determines what will be the most cost-efficient repairs.
Repairs include "installing extra insulation in the attic, walls and floor; sealing air leaks around doors and windows; repairs or tune-ups for air conditioning and heating units; and replacing incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs."
Click here to see the list of other agencies that received funds as part of the Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program.