Nevada lands $7 million U.S. grant to assist in weatherization programs

If you'd like help trimming your utility bills, help may be on the way.

The federal government on Tuesday announced that it awarded $7 million grant under the stimulus program to Nevada for weatherization program.

Nevada weatherized 4,000 homes as of July with $37.3 million in federal stimulus funds earlier, according to Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. That program created 80 jobs in Nevada.

The $7 million in additional money will go to weatherization agencies in Las Vegas. Local grants were part of $120 million in awards nationally.

The federal money will be used to install in-home energy monitors, solar electric systems, solar water heaters, heat pumps and residential wind turbines.

The money will be divided among HELP of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and weatherization agencies in Reno, Ely and Carson City.

The program is designed to reduce heating and cooling expenses for houses.

"As a result of funds from the (stimulus) act, thousands of Nevadans are playing less for their energy bills at a time when saving every dollar counts," Titus said in a statement.

Another Nevada official agreed.

"These projects have created jobs for the construction workers and engineers who work to upgrade and install the instruments of energy efficiency," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement.

According to a statement from the Department of Energy, the Weatherization Assistance Program is now weatherizing approximately 25,000 homes in the U.S. per month. In June, states reported that nearly 31,800 homes were weatherized with Recovery Act funding -- the most ever in a month. This summer alone, more than 80,000 homes will be weatherized across the country.

Contact reporter John G. Edwards at jedwards or 702-383-0420.