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Weatherization is money well spent

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As real as the global warming phenomenon is, most homeowners would be hard-pressed to tell by looking at their monthly heating bills. Especially those living in upstate New York at this time of year. New Yorkers pay roughly $2,400 to heat their homes every winter, which is about one-third more than the national average. Those who take steps to weatherize their homes pay a lot less — very close to the $1,800-a-year national average, in ...

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February 4, 2013
10:56 a.m.

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Instead of handing them cash to offset their heating bills, why not send someone over with all the materials needed to weatherproof their homes? I'm sure the cost would be minimal compared to all the money just handed to them every year! And they would be learning how to take care of their own home/apartment instead of relying on another government handout. The government could reimburse them for the materials needed every year... or hand out the materials as needed from a centralized location. I'm surprised that the annual cost for heating a home for the winter is $2,400! That seems excessive, but then people MUST have these mammoth homes with cathedral ceilings! I have a modest 3 bedroom home that costs me less than half what you are saying is the average cost. I admit that I don't weatherproof my home, and I should and will probably do it next winter, but still, my cost is quite low in comparison.

February 5, 2013
6:39 a.m.

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The program helps with the wetherization, not the bills. There are programs at NYSERDA and also tax credits.

February 5, 2013
11:51 a.m.

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safny... It is my understanding that the program helps pay their heating bills. I've inquired into this program and have not found where they are given the weatherization materials, but maybe if they were taught, or given the materials, they could lower their bills so they wouldn't have to depend on the government to pay them. I'm happy to help people, but not to just hand them money.

February 6, 2013
6:29 p.m.

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Government handout programs for residential and commercial energy efficiency projects started about 1975. So we have been doing this for over 35 years. You would think we would have covered all the old structures by now. One thing is for sure, the bureaucracy that hands out the money and the "middle man" recipients are firmly established. So don't expect to get a good value for the hand out dollars.