Weatherization money could blow a few jobs into town

Colorado’s share of weatherization stimulus money could mean some jobs for the state.

The federal government will give Colorado more than $128 million for the state’s weatherization and energy programs as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet said Colorado will get $79.5 million for the weatherization program and $49.2 million for its energy program.

The money will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 for every house to increase energy efficiency and will be available for families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $44,000 annually.

The program is also expected to reduce heating bills by an average of 32 percent.

The first installment of the energy money is expected to create about 87,000 jobs nationwide.