Weatherization and energy efficiency in Utah will get a big bump under President Barack Obama’s stimulus package.

The state will receive more than $73 million — nearly $38 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $35 million-plus for the State Energy Program, the White House announced Thursday.

The weatherization program will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy-efficiency upgrades and will be available for families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level — about $44,000 a year for a family of four.

The State Energy Program funding will be available for rebates to consumers for home-energy audits or other energy-saving improvements; development of renewable-energy projects for clean electricity generation and alternative fuels; promotion of Energy Star products; efficiency upgrades for state and local government buildings; and other state efforts to help save families money on their energy bills.

Ok everyone, this is great news.. Especially considering the govt. is all about giving us free money. Now as you read above the catch is the family can not make more than $44,000 a year. Pass this on to your friends and family members. I know a lot of you that are self employed this will work wonderfully.