Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Weatherization Day 2003 Highlights Importance of Energy Conservation

Governor Rick Perry this week joins TDHCA in celebrating October 30, 2003, as "Weatherization Day 2003 in Texas." Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designates a day in October as Weatherization Day nationally, and for the past two years Governor Perry and TDHCA has united with DOE in taking this opportunity to promote the benefits of weatherization. DOE is a primary funding source for TDHCA's Weatherization Assistance Program.

Weatherization plays a critical role in TDHCA's mission. Weatherization reduces average annual energy costs by $218 per household at current prices. This lifts a significant cost burden from the typical low-income household, increasing the affordability of their home. For every $1 invested by TDHCA, weatherization creates $1.80 in energy-related benefits on average.

Last year, TDHCA and its local contract service providers weatherized more than 5,700 homes occupied by persons living at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level. TDHCA's Weatherization Assistance Program provides services such as the installation of wall, floor, and ceiling insulation; weatherstripping and caulking; and energy efficient cooling and light fixtures. Coupled with the Department's Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program, which provides for case management, consumer education, and utility bill co-payments, the Weatherization Assistance Program is helping make a significant impact on the lives of Texans who are most likely to be affected by high energy bills.