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Posted on: November 23, 2016

PASSAIC COUNTY PUSHES FOR EFFICIENT HEATING AND COOLING

Previously this year, the Passaic County Division of Weatherization applied for and were awarded a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The grant awarded $423,853 to the Heating Improvement Program (HIP). The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders have awarded TM Adams, Keeley Plumbing & Heating, and 454 Mechanical with contracts to perform weatherization improvements on residential homes.

“The Freeholders and our staff work diligently to acquire these grants,” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “Our weatherization division can use these funds and create opportunities to assist people, without needing to put a burden on our county taxpayers.”

Our Weatherization Division administers the HIP program which enables seniors and low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Homes receive a thorough evaluation of the heating system, and older units that need repair can be done at no cost.  In many cases we fully replace those systems that are operating inefficiently.  Local licensed and insured private sector heating system contractors complete the work at no cost to the resident.

 “Efficient heating and cooling is about more than comfort, it’s about public health as well,” said Freeholder Sandi Lazzara, who chairs the Human Services Committee. “Poor air conditioning can trigger an asthma attack, and poor heating makes it harder for diabetics to control their blood sugar. The people that we help are also the most likely to have little or no health insurance, so we are making these projects count.”

The contract period for the work will begin at the end of November and continue to June 30th, 2017. Eligible applicants can contact the Division of Weatherization at 973-569-4714 to apply and to get more info.

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