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Virginia Governor Helps Out With Weatherization Work

Christiansburg, Va.Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and members of his cabinet and senior staff joined members of Community Housing Partners’ weatherization team and the Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging on Wednesday, July 29 to highlight the increased funding for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Weatherization Assistance Program as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Governor and cabinet members performed weatherization work alongside CHP’s weatherization crew at a King George County, Virginia mobile home as part of President Obama’s United We Serve initiative, which calls for a summer of community service.

CHP's weatherization program reduces energy costs for low-income families by improving the efficiency of their homes, while also assessing and eliminating related health and safety issues. Funded with federal dollars administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), CHP's weatherization team completes a site-specific energy audit that includes blower door directed air leakage diagnostics, heating system safety and efficiency diagnostics, duct leakage diagnostics, and insulation needs.

As Kaine helped seal an air duct in the home of senior citizen Katherine Smith, he commented, "Everyone needs to be more concerned about efficiency and energy savings. Especially people in low incomes." CHP Vice President of Energy Services Bill Beachy agreed. "Our services are needed more than ever in these hard financial times, and thanks to the increase in weatherization funding we have been able to assist almost four times as many households as we did only a year ago."