St. Lawrence County getting $598,000 for weatherization assistance
St. Lawrence County Community Development and Planning is getting $589,073 to administer for the state Weatherization Assistance Program, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Funds will be released to a statewide network of non-profit organizations to conduct energy-efficiency work including, but not limited to air sealing, insulation, upgrading heating systems, and diagnostic testing to identify hazards such as carbon monoxide and mold, Cuomo’s office said.Weatherization can save an average of 20 percent on utility bills, according to Cuomo’s office.
Administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal, with funds from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services, WAP is available in every county through a statewide network of local providers. Priority is given to households with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, and those receiving Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds. The program assists all types of housing including single-family homes, multi-family buildings, and manufactured homes, Cuomo’s office said.
“Training in weatherization techniques, such as energy auditing and repairing heating systems, ensures that program funds are used effectively and work is done safely. Each year the Weatherization Program supports hundreds of good-paying, green jobs and our state-of-the-art training facilities help ensure that workers keep up with rapidly evolving technologies,” Cuomo’s office said.
"This important funding will go a long way to help our region's most vulnerable. This is an important priority so that low-income families and seniors across the North Country can save their hard earned money while increasing safety and energy efficiency,” North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said in a prepared statement from Cuomo’s office.