By Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Dr. Kathleen Hogan
On October 30, communities throughout the nation will celebrate National Weatherization Day, which recognizes an industry of weatherization service providers, state and local agencies, and researchers dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of homes throughout the nation. It is also a day to recognize the many families in need who are now benefitting from lower energy bills.
Through the Weatherization Assistance Program, the Energy Department provides funding to states, territories, and tribal governments to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. These governments fund a network of local community action agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide weatherization services for those in need using leading technologies and testing protocols. In addition, the Weatherization Assistance Program supports the development of innovative, new installation methods and professional development tools, such as high-quality, technical certifications for weatherization professionals. The recently released Standard Work Specifications, which describe key elements of quality upgrades, are a great example of a recent innovation. For the complete story, see the Energy Blog.