2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT OF ADEQUATE FUNDING OF THE WEATHERIZATION ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

     WHEREAS, the Department of Energy=s Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient; and

     WHEREAS, on average, weatherization reduces heating bills by 31% and energy bills by $250.00 per year; and

     WHEREAS, weatherization benefits our nation by reducing our energy dependency, improving the environment, and stimulating economic development in low-income communities; and

     WHEREAS, high energy costs during peak heating and cooling seasons create an unmanageable burden for low-income families, who spend an average of 14 percent of their annual income on energy costs, while other households spend only about 3.5 percent; and

     WHEREAS, weatherization helps low-income families achieve a higher level of financial stability by reducing their energy costs and freeing limited resources for other uses; and

     WHEREAS, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and apartment buildings will result in a decrease of the occupant’s energy costs,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass energy legislation that fully and adequately funds the Department of Energy=s Weatherization Assistance Program.