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Helping low-income families reduce household energy expenses

The Union staff

Nevada County continues to help low-income people in the community reduce their expenses for energy during these colder months when winter heating bills can skyrocket as well as all year round, County Executive Officer Rick Haffey said in a Friday memo. The programs are funded through federal and state grants.

Qualified, low-income Nevada County residents may apply for assistance with firewood, oil and propane purchases through the federally funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Eligible households may receive $350 in assistance one time per funding year.

With this early intervention, families can avoid an energy crisis. The department pays for the propane or oil bill on behalf of the applicant or issues a voucher to be used to purchase firewood from a qualified wood provider. This energy assistance program helps nearly 1,400 people per year.

Energy costs for families also are reduced through a "Weatherization" Program, which provides funds for energy-efficiency improvements in homes to help reduce the amount of energy wasted throughout the year.

A contractor does an initial assessment to determine where a home is losing energy. Weatherization improvements include: weather stripping, replacing doors and appliances, repairing and/or replacing heating sources and the caulking of windows. The program helps approximately 120 households per year.

Applications are available at the One-Stop Business & Career Center, 715 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley, or call Kim Johns at (530) 265-1645 to receive an application in the mail.​

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