Going green and the work involved to Greenify homes and offices is going to help a lot of people this year. You knew that, right?
The stimulus package put in place by President Barack Obama includes $5 billion in funds for low-income U.S. households for energy-efficiency upgrades. That includes everything from new double-paned windows and doors to “the pink stuff” insulation going into attics.
While these dollars will help these lower-income Americans, the money will also help businesses. Those dollars will purchase insulation. They’ll buy caulking and weather-stripping. And provide furnace and air-conditioning tune-ups.
In doing so, those dollars will also pay for salaries of manufacturing plant workers at window and door factories. They will pay the guy to install the doors and windows and insulation. And any other project that the government deems helpful in both providing improved energy efficiency and of course, stimulating dollars back into the American economy.
The government has accepted applications for federal weatherization funds through this month, with thousands of companies, community groups, governments and others vying for stimulus dollars. And tens of thousands of applications have been filed for the dollars in almost every state in the nation. The government’s dollars are only now beginning to filter out of Washington. The full impact should be felt by September: just in time for home and businesses to fully utilize improved energy efficiency.
But Greenification is coming: both improved energy efficient heating and insulation and greening up the economy. And pinking up attics everywhere.