Montana recognized for promoting energy efficiency
Montana has reached a major milestone in promoting energy efficiency and helping families save money across the state.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined Governor Brian Schweitzer in a call this morning to announce Montana's milestone achievement in weatherization.
Since the Recovery Act started, 6,800 homes in Montana have been weatherized; that's about five percent of the state.
And Montana had already made major strides in helping weatherize 2,800 homes before the Recovery Act, giving homeowners a $500-$1000 dollar tax credit to do so.
“The most important megawatt and kilowatt of electricity is the one we don't use and this is a program that decreases energy consumption in this country, allows low income families in particular to have enough money for food and medicine and not spend it on high energy bills and puts people back to work,” says Governor Schweitzer.
The governor says an average family energy bill can be $300-$400 a month in the wintertime.
Weatherization has saved some residents 25-30% on those bills.