High Tech Solar Map Shows Energy Potential for Every Building in New York City

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Over two weeks in April 2010, a light twin-engine plane flew low and methodically over the rooftops of New York City. It mission was to collect data, but not in the clouds. Affixed to the underbelly of the aircraft was

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Weatherization Plus Health: The Next Step for the Weatherization Assistance Program

The connection between health and housing seems obvious: we spend most of our time in our homes, and our surroundings have a great impact on our well-being. What may be less obvious is the connection between health and energy efficiency

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Spotlight On: Baltimore City Weatherization Assistance Program and Healthy Homes

Since the stimulus-funded Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) began, Baltimore City has weatherized more than 3,000 households. However, due to the old and degraded state of much of the city’s housing stock, half of all applicants are initially denied services. To

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Spotlight On: Opportunity Council’s Weatherizaton Plus Health

A true pioneer in integrated healthy homes and weatherization services, the Opportunity Council (OC) in Bellingham, Washington, has been providing combined services to needy families since 1993. Over these 18 years, the OC has partnered with myriad agencies and other

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Broadening the Reach of Home Efficiency through On-Bill Programs

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In the heart of Kentucky coal country, an environmentally minded nonprofit is on a mission to help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint. Since June, the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), which provides financial and technical assistance to Central

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Faces of LIHEAP: Mary Dykstra

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Mary Dykstra is a hard-working single mother and student. She needed LIHEAP’s help after her sister unexpectedly moved out.

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Faces of LIHEAP: Aja Rail

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Upon moving to Montana, Aja Rail became very ill while pregnant with her first child. She was forced to stop working in order to recuperate.

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Faces of LIHEAP: Kimberly Williams

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Kimberly Williams was finishing school and working full time when she found out that there was an outstanding balance on her family’s energy bill that she was not able to pay right away.

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Faces of LIHEAP: Tate Cron

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When Tate Cron lost his construction job during the economic crisis, he needed to find ways to help support his daughter in a safe environment.

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State of Minnesota Weatherization Program Renewable Energy Equipment Grant

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Due to lack of funding, the state of Minnesota had to turn away nearly 50,000 households who applied for fuel assistance and qualified in 2006. Since then, funding has expanded with numerous experimental programs underway on both the energy assistance and the weatherization front.

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Grant program assists weatherization agencies throughout the state with installation of renewable energy equipment, including solid fuel furnaces and solar hot air units, on low income homes. Open to all 32 weatherization agencies in the State, the Renewable Grant pilot program launched at the end of 2007. Nine agencies have participated so far with $134,957.00 awarded to date. The pilot program produced pay-back calculations and solar site analysis for 30 single family homes in the past year. This grant has installed solar air heat systems on 30 homes to date, at an average expense of $4,500 each.

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