Weatherization Funds: Cold vs. Warm Weather States

by Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica - May 7, 2009 9:00 am EDT

Under the stimulus package for the nation’s low-income weatherization program, the coldest receive $3 per eligible person for every $1 going the warmer states In fact, our analysis shows that as states need for cooling increase, they receive less money per eligible person. To see that effect, flip the x-axis on the scatter plot below between normal heating degree days and normal cooling degree days.*

To get another picture of the relationship between climate and weatherization funds per eligible person, check out our U.S. map.

This chart and other stories are part of Eye on the Stimulus, our blog dedicated to tracking the stimulus from bill to building.

*Heating degree days is the number degrees under 65 degrees times the number of days. Cooling degree days is the number of degrees over 75 times the number of days.