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D.C. Couple Gets Their House Weatherized For Free

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Two years ago, Amy Vruno and her fiance Chuck Roberts bought a 100-year-old house in Northeast, D.C. They loved the exposed brick and the pine floors. But the heating costs were a killer... $350 a month in the winter. And, Vruno says, it was still cold.

Then, Vruno and Roberts became the lucky beneficiaries of a union job-training program. The Laborers' International Union of North America chose their house to showcase a new program designed to teach local workers to weatherize homes.

The union designed the program after the federal government allocated $5 billion to help Americans improve home-energy efficiency.

Union workers spent the day in the couple's old house, sealing windows, filling in cracks, and insulating the water heater--saving the homeowners up to $4,000 in labor costs alone.

Jessica Gould reports...

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