Energy & Weatherization

*Subject to federal agency allocation

Energy

The State Energy Program (SEP) is administered locally by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (ADEC). The SEP is authorized under the Energy Policy Conservation Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.) and provides grants to offices for residential, commercial and governmental energy efficient construction and retrofits.

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Weatherization

The Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient, such as the insulation of attics. By reducing the energy bills of low-income families instead of offering aid, weatherization reduces dependency and liberates these funds for spending on more pressing family issues. On average, weatherization reduces heating bills by 32% and overall energy bills by $358 per year at current prices. This spending, in turn, spurs low-income communities toward job growth and economic development.

The Stimulus Act provides for a relaxation of the income guidelines for qualifying recipients of the program, and an increase in the amount of per-dwelling benefits available to qualified homeowners.

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