(KMOV) -- Stimulus funds are helping the Urban League of St. Louis expand its weatherization program, which is also helping low-income city residents lower their energy bills.
The goal of the program is to "seal" the home's thermal envelope to help reduce energy costs. "When you weatherize a home, you go in and do an audit of the home to see where it's losing energy," said Brenda Wrench of the St. Louis Urban League. "We usually reduce utility bills by 30 percent. So that money saved is an ongoing source of revenue for the family to pay other bills."
One homeowner recently had her house weatherized. Contractors installed a programmable thermostat and weatherstripped windows and doors.
"We did a clean and tune of her furnace to make sure that it was more efficient than when we started," said Senior Energy Auditor Keith Jones.
The total cost of the weatherization project was $4800, with no charge to the homeowner.
"I'm out of work right now, so every little bit helps," said homeowner Kendra Ballard.
If homeowners meet eligibility guidelines and the home qualifies, they will be approved and workers will begin the weatherization process in about a month.
For more information, visit: http://ulstl.org/weatherization_assistance.aspx or call 314-615-3612.
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