$93 million in funding to lower energy costs for Virginians

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner announced $93 million in federal funding will help low-income families and individuals in Virginia pay for home heating costs, cover utility bills, and help weatherize homes for cooler weather to help lower energy bills.

The funding was made possible through the bipartisan infrastructure law and awarded through the Administration for Children and Families’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The Senators said in a release, “With winter just around the corner, it is crucial that every Virginian is able to stay safe from the cold. Today’s funding will help ensure that families and individuals throughout the Commonwealth have the support they need to pay their bills and lower their energy costs.”

Funding will be allocated and distributed on a need basis.

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Winchester retains Tree City USA status

The City of Winchester was named part of Tree City USA for the 40th year.

The Tree City USA program helps communities with their four step framework to maintain and grow tree cover.

Those steps include maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Some benefits of becoming a Tree City include up to 40% absorption of traffic sounds, 25% reduction in energy costs by shading buildings and shielding them from wind, rising property values, and absorption of carbon dioxide to combat climate change.

Residents can help Winchester’s status by participating in the Adopt- A-Tree or the Right Tree Right Place program and stopping the spread of Spotted Lanternflies.

To learn more about those programs, click here.

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