County gets $69K to help with utility bills

Published 6:45 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Escambia County will share in $950,000 to help reduce the home utility bills of low-income and elderly Alabama residents.

Community Action Agency of South Alabama, which serves Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe and Wilcox counties, was awarded $68,770.

“Those with limited and fixed incomes, many of whom are elderly and disabled residents, struggle to pay higher utility bills in the hot summer months,” Ivey said. “I am pleased that with these grants we will help permanently lower the energy bills for our most vulnerable residents by making energy-efficiency improvements to their homes, freeing up funds in their budget for other essentials like medication and food.”

An energy audit is conducted of each home that qualifies for weatherization assistance to determine the most cost-efficient measures. Common improvements 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 compact fluorescents. In addition to lowering energy bills, the improvements can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.

Ivey awarded the grants to 16 community agencies across the state that manage the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Gov. Ivey is committed to helping those who truly need it most throughout the state,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “Through the Weatherization Assistance Program and ADECA’s partnerships with our state’s Community Action Agencies, Gov. Ivey is getting aid to as many elderly, disabled and underserved residents as possible during these hot summer months.”

For more information and how to apply for funding, call 251.626.2646.