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Low income families eligible for Nevada energy grants

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In this May 12, 2013, photo, wind turbines line the Altamont Pass near Livermore, Calif.

The state has distributed $4.5 million to local agencies to help low income families make energy efficient improvements in their homes and save money.

The state Housing Division said Friday this money will provide an estimated 850 households with grants during this fiscal year for such things as installation of solar screens, insulation, repairs on air conditioners and carbon monoxide detectors.

Those seeking assistance who live in Las Vegas and the southern rural area of Clark County should apply to HELP of Southern Nevada. Henderson residents should apply to the city of Henderson's Neighborhood Services. The Las Vegas Clark County Urban League serves North Las Vegas and the northern rural area of Clark County.

The division said energy improvements can save a family up to $50 a month. The agency estimates that up to 150,000 households could qualify for these grants.

The program was established in 1977 to reduce energy costs to low income individuals and families.

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