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The Green Life: Tomorrow is Weatherization Day

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October 29, 2010

Tomorrow is Weatherization Day

Save energy Low-income families shouldn't have to choose between buying groceries and staying warm this winter. That's why, tomorrow (Oct. 30), the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will offer them help in cutting energy costs by making homes more energy-efficient.

One way to accomplish this is could be to install GeoSpring, GE's hybrid water heater, which consumes up to 62% less energy than standard electric water heaters. WAPs in states including Kentucky, New York, and Virginia have expressed interest in providing the GeoSpring, and we hope many more will follow.

Over the past 33 years, WAP has provided weatherization services to more than 6.4 million low-income households. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, those recipients saw their annual energy bills reduced by an average of $437.

"Weatherization programs can make a real difference for families trying to make ends meet this winter," said Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson.

But savings for families in need isn't the only good thing that'll come out of Weatherization Day efforts. The energy conservation that results from supplied appliances like the GeoSpring helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil. California's Department of Community Services and Development reports that weatherization measures reduce national energy demand by 24.1 million barrels of oil per year.

--Molly Oleson

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