Texas getting $545 million for energy efficiency

DALLAS - Texas is getting more than $545 million in federal funding to improve energy efficiency and encourage renewable energy projects.

About $327 million will go toward weatherization improvements, and another $219 million is headed for the State Energy Program. The funding announced Thursday is part of $8 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The weatherization plan will allow up to $6,500 per home for improvements such as insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment. It will be available to families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $44,000 per year for a family of four.

The energy program will include efficiency upgrades for state and local government buildings.