Sieda Housing Stabilization’s Weatherization program recently closed out the 2015 production year ending March 31, 2016.  During the 2015 program year Sieda Weatherization helped to improve 77 homes in Sieda Community Action’s seven county service area.  As a part of the weatherization process, homes of qualifying families may receive a new furnace, new water heater and new refrigeration appliances.  In addition, a dwelling may also receive attic, sidewall, foundation and/or crawl space insulation.  A home may also qualify for minor repairs in order for the weatherization process to proceed.  Typically, once a home is improved through Sieda’s weatherization program, the residents experience up to 50% savings on their annual energy costs.  Moreover, while improving the living conditions of many area residents, the program also has a significant economic impact on the region.  During the 2015 program year, Sieda Weatherization infused $658,925.65 in labor and $364,864.06 in materials purchases into the southeast Iowa economy.  This substantial impact includes labor paid to contractors, material purchases at local suppliers, appliance purchases from area appliance dealers as well as program support costs.  In addition to the 77 homes improved through the Sieda Weatherization program, 12 homes were weatherized in 2015 through the Alliant Home Energy Savers program by Sieda Community Action.  Through Alliant Home Energy Savers, an additional $64,866.00 in labor, material and appliance purchases was added to the southeast Iowa economy in Sieda’s seven county service area resulting in a total economic impact from both programs of $1,088,655.71.  Sieda Housing Stabilization is pleased to provide these essential impacts to our residents in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties.