Iowa to get about $4M for weatherization

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says nearly $4 million will be coming to Iowa to fund the Weatherization Assistance Program. The Iowa Democrat announced the grant Thursday in Washington. The Weatherization Assistance Program is a federal grant program to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income people, particularly the elderly, disabled and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. It developed from a program that stressed low cost, temporary measures installed by volunteers, to a program that uses trained crews and contractors to install permanent cost effective measures. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy.