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July-August 2002


Energy Department Awards $75 Million Toward Energy Improvements 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced recently that the Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $74,697,466 to 24 states, plus the Navajo Nation, to improve energy efficiency of hundreds of low-income households this year. These states include: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington, as well as the Navajo Nation. According to a DOE representative, these improvements will include windows and doors.

“These weatherization assistance grants will enable states to provide energy-saving home improvements to thousands of low-income families this year,” Abraham said. “Weatherization is a priority of President Bush, as outlined in his National Energy Plan. Every state, the District of Columbia and the Navajo Nation are receiving weatherization grants this year. Weatherization reduces an average home’s energy cost by $218 each year.”

Simonton Windows Marks Third Anniversary as ENERGY STAR® Partner
Simonton Windows® of Parkersburg, W. Va., is celebrating its third anniversary as a partner in the ENERGY STAR program. Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 1999, Simonton Windows has sold more than 1.6 million windows and doors that are ENERGY STAR-compliant.

The ENERGY STAR program estimates that an average household spends more than 40 percent of its annual budget on heating and cooling the home ... up to 15 percent of this amount can be saved by installing ENERGY STAR-qualified windows. “Simonton windows bearing the ENERGY STAR label are a clear indication to builders, remodelers and homeowners of a top-rated product that saves on future energy bills,” says Chris Monroe, director of corporate marketing for Simonton Windows.

Senate Passes Energy Bill
Although the Senate passed its version of the energy bill at the end of April, it still may be a while before a bill goes to President Bush for his signature, according to Kate Offringa of the Efficient Windows Collaborative. 

Both bills include tax incentives for energy-efficient windows in new construction and existing homes. In the first case, the incentive goes to the builder, and in the second case to the homeowner, said Offringa. The House bill allows for a tax incentive of up to $2,000. The Senate bill only allows up to $300. Differences between the bills have to be ironed out in conference committee this summer. 


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