The Iowa Weatherization challenge is underway. Iowa Utilities Board spokesman Rob Hillesland says the challenge is an effort to save energy in Iowa homes. Hillesland says the challenge started in 2005 under Governor Tom Vilsack as a way to help Iowans prepare for the winter heating season and higher energy prices. Hillesland says the challenge seeks to help people like the elderly improve their homes.
Hillesland says groups plan home weatherization projects in their communities and can apply for matching grants of up to $500. With the high heat and humidity in Iowa right now, you might not think about weatherization, but Hillesland says it’s not just a winter benefit. He says a lot of the things people can do are beneficial year round for energy efficiency, like installing a programmable thermostat, or installing insulation. Hillesland says they’re seeking groups across the state to take part.
Hillesland says you can go to the board website at: wwwstate.ia.us/iub , and get an organizing kit and a form to sign up and apply for a grant. Hillesland says several groups participated last year.
He says more than one-thousand-250 windows were caulked, more than 300 holes in foundations were sealed, and more than 230 doors were weatherstripped in the 2006 challenge. Hillesland says all weatherization projects that receive grants must be completed by November of this year.