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(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) today announced a $3,056,649 federal grant for Washington's 2001 Weatherization Assistance Program. The grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, will allow a network of local and community providers to identify approximately 1,400 low-income households in need of energy conservation improvements and to provide the repairs needed in order to make them more energy efficient.

Senator Murray hailed the grant as a step towards helping working families conserve energy. "I am very concerned about the impact the energy crisis is having on working families who are struggling to pay rising utility bills. This grant will alleviate some of that pressure and help to make lower-income households more energy efficient," Murray said.

"This grant is particularly important due to the energy crisis and drought we are experiencing in Washington," said Steve Payne, the Managing Director of Community, Trade and Economic Development's Housing Improvement Division.

"Thanks to this grant, we will be able to reduce the amount of energy that escapes through windows, doors and attics. We will be able to devote approximately $2,600 on energy conservation repairs on each of these households using diagnostic tools to assess where we need to use weather-stripping and caulking," Payne said.

According to an independent evaluation performed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Weatherization Assistance Program results in a 20-30 percent savings in energy costs for each household.

The grant was authorized through the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant will fund Washington's 2001 Weatherization Assistance Program under the State of Washington's Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development's Housing Division.