Government funding to help reduce energy costs for Georgian families


ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – If you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, help is on the way. There is a government program that could help keep your home cool this summer.

And it couldn’t come at a better time as the price of food, gas and goods rises.

Georgia is the fourth most expensive state for cooling and heating costs in the country.

Just announced today, Georgia is set to receive more than $84 million from the Department of Energy through recently passed infrastructure legislation.

The bill gives Georgia the ability to retrofit thousands of homes for low-income families, making them more energy efficient and healthier.

Improvements include better insulation of older homes, replacement of appliances with newer, more energy-efficient ones, and upgrades to HVAC systems.

CBS46 anchor Tracye Hutchins spoke with Ali Zaidi, White House Deputy National Climate Advisor to President Joe Biden. Zaidi says the funding could save some families an average of $350 a year.

“An air conditioning upgrade, I know that’s going to be on the minds of people going into the summer season, as you sort of look at the profile of your home, think about the things that pull in the most utility resources , and there’s a good chance this program can help do that seed funding that will help people access a bunch of savings for the rest of the life of these devices,” says Zaidi.

Some people are automatically eligible for the program, including those with Supplemental Security Insurance or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or certain people on fixed incomes.

Click here to apply through the Georgia Finance Authority – there are specific weatherization agencies for different counties.


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