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Dominion Expands EnergyShare Weatherization Program to Include All of Virginia


* Partnership with Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program
* Helps seniors save money, remain comfortable for the long term
* Work will include HVAC inspections and roof repairs

Dominion is now offering home weatherization assistance to seniors throughout Virginia. The company is expanding its EnergyShare weatherization program with a $300,000 donation to fund the addition of energy-saving equipment and materials to homes of qualifying seniors age 60 and over.

“In addition to providing financial help with seasonal heating or cooling bills through our EnergyShare program, Dominion is now expanding its partnership with the state to help families stay comfortable and save money,” said David A. Heacock, president of Dominion Virginia Power.

Dominion’s contribution will supplement the Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD). Each of the homes selected by VDHCD for the statewide program will receive weatherization improvements based on the home’s condition. Homeowner income is a consideration for eligibility in the program.

Weatherization may include:

* Inspecting heating and cooling equipment and repairing or replacing it as necessary;
* Sealing major air leaks;
* Insulating exterior walls, ducts, heating pipes and water heaters;
* Insulating and venting attics;
* Inspecting and repairing roofs, and
* Implementing water conservation measures such as low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.

In addition to having their homes weatherized, program recipients will receive compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and information on no-cost energy-savings measures.

Dominion’s EnergyShare program has been in existence for 26 years and has helped more than 150,000 families in Virginia. The hugely successful program has been providing funds to help people in need pay any type of home heating bill since 1983. In June 2008, EnergyShare became a year-round program when it began paying summer electricity bills for those in need. A weatherization component to the program will help make homes more energy efficient.

VDHCD administers the Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program and allocates funds to local community action agencies, including Area Agencies on Aging and non-profit housing organizations, which administer the program at a local level.


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