Funds Boost Weatherization Program
Alaska Weatherization Assistance is scheduled to receive $18 million as part of the recently passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The federal funding will be administered by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation throughout a period of up to five years.
Allocated by the Department of Energy, the new funding is independent from and additional to the weatherization monies distributed annually by the federal government to Alaska Housing.
In an average year, the state of Alaska receives roughly $2 million from the federal government in support of the weatherization program. The additional monies included in this legislation will boost the existing program while helping more Alaska residents reduce energy costs.
Program funds are scheduled for distribution throughout the next five years. Initial funds will be distributed to weatherization grantees starting in April 2023 with the expectation of weatherization work to begin in the summer of 2023.
Reducing Utility Costs
Alaska Weatherization Assistance is intended to help low- and moderate-income households reduce utility costs and meet vital needs. An energy assessment helps to systematically assess the thermal condition and tightness of a home to determine the most cost-effective energy saving modifications such as improving insulation, weather stripping, improving ventilation, and controlling moisture levels.
Homes that have been through the weatherization process see an average savings of 29% in their energy usage, in addition to positive impacts on health and safety. Potential assistance is calculated based on annual household income levels and prioritizes seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children younger than the age of 5.