October 2017: Weatherization Month
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Weatherization Assistance Program provides an economic boost for low-income individuals through lower energy costs and reduced arrearages, thus assuring less dependency on public assistance; and,
WHEREAS, weatherization is a cost-effective investment of taxpayer dollars. For every $1 invested in the program, Weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society; and,
WHEREAS, the MDHHS Weatherization Assistance Program, using federal, state, local and private dollars, benefits households and communities across the nation by providing cost effective, energy efficient retrofits to homes occupied by eligible, low-income Americans; and,
WHEREAS, households that have been weatherized experience health and safety benefits, improved air quality and receive smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors if they are not already present throughout the house; and,
WHEREAS, weatherization reduces residential and power plant emissions of carbon dioxide by 2.65 metric ton / year per home; and,
WHEREAS, MDHHS Michigan Weatherization Assistance Program provides an economic boost for communities by providing employment opportunities as well as improved energy efficient housing stock and neighborhood conditions;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Weatherization Month in Michigan.