Several thousand Wisconsin families have been able to benefit from a federal home weatherization program.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says $141 million in stimulus funding has been used to help Wisconsin families make their homes more energy efficient. Over 30,500 older homes or those owned by low-income families have been weatherized using the funding.
Chu says the projects also created an estimated 400 jobs in the Badger State over the last three years.
Weatherization can help cut hundreds of dollars from energy bills. Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) says that’s vital to many families living on a tight budget because it keeps them from having to choose between staying warm and putting food on the table.
Wisconsin had the eighth highest number of homes weatherized using the funding.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:11)