MADISON (WKOW) -- From the Office of Governor Jim Doyle:
Governor Doyle today announced significant carbon reductions through the state's low-income weatherization program, Home Energy Plus. Between July, 2006 and June, 2007 Home Energy Plus reduced carbon emissions in Wisconsin by over 27,000 tons, or the equivalent of taking 4,700 cars off Wisconsin highways. The Governor also proclaimed October 30, 2008 Weatherization Day in Wisconsin.
"The Weatherization program is an important part of Wisconsin's role as a leader in energy policy," Governor Doyle said. "Weatherized homes are more energy efficient, safer, more comfortable and ease the burden of rising energy costs on hard-working Wisconsin families. Equally important, the weatherization program creates high-quality green jobs right here in the state."
The Home Energy Plus weatherization program reduces carbon emissions through the installation of energy efficiency improvements in low-income households. A report on the Home Energy Plus program analyzed the efficiency measures installed by the weatherization program and their resulting emission reductions. During the year studied, 9,223 units were weatherized, creating over 500 highly-skilled, living-wage jobs for Wisconsin workers.
Among the efficiency measures highlighted in the report were replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, adding insulation to homes, and replacing older refrigerators and heating units with newer, more efficient models. According to recent federal estimates, homes that are weatherized can save low-income families an average of $413 in reduced first-year energy costs.
Energy independence remains a top priority for Governor Doyle, whose comprehensive energy strategy includes moving Wisconsin towards producing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Governor's plan also includes initiatives to create green jobs in Wisconsin by leading the nation in energy research and technology through loans, tax credits, grants, and other investments. Recently, Governor Doyle has worked with state, national, and international leaders to secure Wisconsin's place as a leader in a green economy.
To learn more about Wisconsin's weatherization program and its application procedures and to view an executive summary of the weatherization program's carbon footprint report, visit www.energyhelp.wi.gov or call the Energy Help Hotline at 1-800-522-3014.