October 2018: 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 $4 in energy, health, and safety benefits 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, heating costs are reduced by 30 percent on average, saving families at least $283 per year. Therefore, household money is made available for other necessities such as groceries, doctor bills, prescriptions and other needs, thereby making them more self-sufficient; 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 1.23 metric tons/year per home; and,

WHEREAS, the 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 2018 as Weatherization Month in Michigan.