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Madison County accepting applications for home weatherization program

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County Community Development Office is accepting applications to assist eligible homeowners and renters with installation of energy saving measures to the applicant’s home.

“This is a program designed to help Madison County residents, particularly the elderly, disabled and those households with young children, stay comfortable and save money on energy costs,” County Chairman Alan Dunstan said.

The energy saving measures include stopping air infiltration by insulating attics and sidewalls to a specified “R” factor, caulking and weather-stripping, and sealing of by-passes. The program also includes the inspection of furnaces, air conditioners for health and safety and mechanical operation. If cost effective, a new furnace or air conditioner may be installed.

Renter applicants receive the same weatherization measures, but a 50 percent landlord contribution is required for all mechanical work, as well as a $150 assessment fee.

Frank Miles, administrator of Madison County Community Development, which administers the program, said applications should be filed as soon as possible.

Funding for weatherization is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Illinois.

To receive weatherization assistance, contact coordinator David Goodrich or program specialist Peggy Dugger at Madison County Community Development, (618) 692-8940.

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