Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about the Weatherization Assistance Program? If so, check out the answers to our frequently asked questions below.

How Does the Process Work?

  1. Call your local weatherization provider
    • All weatherization services are provided by local agencies
    • Agencies are nonprofits that employ certified energy professionals
  2. Come in and apply
    • Completing the application form usually takes about 20 minute
    • You must have proof of income for the year prior to application
    • The agency also asks questions about your household, such as, the number of people living in the home
  3. Your eligibility is determined
    • If you are eligible, your weatherization agency puts you on a waiting list
    • If you rent, you must get permission from your landlord
  4. Professional energy consultation includes
    • Test the infiltration of outside air with a blower door
    • Inspection of equipment for health and safety concerns
    • List outlining the most cost-effective energy conservation measures for your home
  5. Workers arrive
    • Local weatherization agency schedules work
    • Average expenditure of $6,500 per home
    • All work is energy-related. Work does not include new roofing, siding, or similar
    • Work is typically completed in a day or two
    • You sign off on final inspection

If I Rent, Can I Still Apply?

Whether you own or rent, live in a single-family home, multi-family housing complex, or a mobile home, you can apply for assistance. If you rent, you must get written permission from your landlord before weatherization services can be performed.

How Will I Benefit?

Weatherization reduces your energy bills for a long time. Some measures, such as insulating your walls or roof, for example, will continue to provide you savings for the lifetime of your house—30 years or more. Others, such as making your heating or cooling equipment more efficient, will provide savings for 10 to 15 years. On average, the value of the weatherization improvement to your house is 1.4 times greater than the cost of the improvement itself.

 

 

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