Published: Aug 10, 2011 10:10 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2011 11:21 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Weatherization Program is helping families across Southwest Florida become more energy-efficient, without paying a dime.

"We will do windows, doors, caulking, insulation, replace refrigerators, AC units."

Housing Manager Shawn Tan is talking about the weatherization program, made possible by a $1.2 million federal grant received last year.

"Typically our weatherization funds is around $40,000 per year. So, $1.2 million is a huge increase from previous years - this was unexpected," said Tan.

The money enables Lee County homes to be more energy efficient, alloting $5,000 per home for needed repairs, like replacing windows, all free of charge to the resident.

They are currently working on 40 homes, have completed 160 and intend to repair another 70 before the remaining $400,000 in grant money dries up February of next year. If you are looking to qualify, drop off an application at the Lee County Human Services Department or check them out online.

The waiting list is a long one. To qualify, you have to meet a series of specifications. Priority is given to low income families, the elderly, disabled individuals and households with children. It's all based on a point system.

"The more priority points you get, the faster we can serve you," said Tan.


If you are interesting in learning more about the weatherization program, call the Lee County Human Services Department at (239) 533-7930. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. ?