Colorado

Nov 9, 2009 9:10 AM by Associated Press

Lines long for energy-saving work

Colorado nonprofits that help lower home energy bills say the lines are long and growing for free energy-saving repairs paid with federal stimulus money. The state is getting $3.6 million for weatherization that helps homes conserve energy by such repairs as improving insulation or replacing old furnaces.

The Energy Resource Center in Colorado Springs says about 15 people a day call seeking help. At this rate, homeowners may not get help until winter is over. The agency says the waiting list is three months to six months long.

Requests for help with home heating bills also are expected to rise.

Applications for federal heating assistance are projected to rise 15 percent increase in Colorado over last winter.

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