State Representative Sid Miller, (R-Stephenville), said up to $345 million will come to Texas for home weatherization, according to the Federal Economic Stimulus plan recently passed by Congress.

A maximum of $6,500 per home will go to weatherizing homes that meet the program guidelines. These weatherization dollars will not only immediately put out of work contractors, and their employees, back to work weatherizing houses, but it will also have a secondary effect of making thousands of homes more energy efficient and cutting dollars off their monthly utility bills.

“One of the industries to feel this recession the hardest has been our construction industry,” said Miller. “This money will immediately put contractors back to work, which is what our state and our economy desperately need right now.”

Between $240 to $350 million will come from the US Department of Energy through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs which will distribute the money to as many contractors qualified to do weatherization projects. The local agency will also be responsible for selecting the applicants whose homes will be weatherized.

“I strongly urge all homeowners to see if they qualify for these services,” added Miller. “I also recommend that our local contractors contact the agency and see if their business could qualify for these weatherization funds.”