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$1M grant to 'Super-weatherize' 40 SE homes

Posted: November 13, 2011 - 12:04am

Southeast will have thicker insulation and thicker wallets this winter thanks to a $1 million grant from The U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development.

The grant will fund a program to ‘Super-weatherize’ homes to reduce high energy costs for seniors and other low-income families living in Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority housing in the communities of Angoon, Hoonah and Kake.

“By working (with Rural Development) we can make a difference, especially in communities affected by the high cost energy,” said Craig Moore, THRHA Vice President of Planning and Development. “This award couldn’t have come at a better time. Southeast communities are struggling to address the high cost of energy and establish economic stability.”

Moore said the project could save 30 percent to 50 percent on energy bills and home retrofits will provide jobs for southeast Alaskans. Weatherization work may include new insulation, upgrading heating, venting and lighting.

The project will also provide community energy use education and energy use monitoring to assist with long-term changes in energy use. THRHA construction crews will receive multifamily weatherization training specific to southeast Alaska climate using already secured funding.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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