The program is designed to perform energy saving repairs and measures. This can include but is not limited to: insulation of attics, walls, and crawl spaces; air sealing work such as caulking and weather-stripping; repairs & some replacements of leaky windows and doors; repairs & some replacements of inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters, and refrigerators; as well as many other small repairs. We do not do any plumbing or electrical work. We do not install wheel chair ramps, fix gutters, repair steps, or address mold issues. All of our repairs must address energy concerns to be allowed.
The Weatherization program does not replace very many windows, only windows that are in the worst shape would even be considered. All windows are evaluated during the pre-inspection but, as an energy saving measure, new windows are very over rated.
In some cases we are able to do roof repairs if it allows us to perform other energy saving repairs such as adding attic insulation. It is however very rare and contingent on the availability of funds for the program to do a roof replacement. The need for a roof work can only be determined during the inspection, so it is beneficial to apply to the program if you would like to have your roof evaluated.
In some cases but only after the inspection takes place. If the applicant is without heat or hot water we will make our best effort to inspect the home quickly but will still need a completed application with all required documentation before we can proceed.
This can vary greatly depending on the home and what needs to be done. We will only have an idea about this when the inspector reports back with his or her findings. We will be happy to go over this with the client at that time.
Yes we can weatherize rental units, but we have to have the approval of the landlord. And it depends on what type of residential building the client lives in. Single family rental homes, and duplexes we can weatherize without many additional restrictions. Note that for duplexs or other 'multi-unit' rental properties all residents must apply to the program at the same time, though not all residents of the property need to be eligible to receive help. Any large multi unit establishments trigger a few extra requirements which make it much harder to accomplish.
* Department of Energy Regulations restrict the weatherization of 4 story or larger buildings. *
Due to changes made during the summer of 2013 to Weatherization program regulations we are not able to perform improvments on mobile homes.
We are able to replace a refrigerator. That decision is made based on the initial inspection which will determine the condition and current energy usage of the refrigerator. If we determine that we can replace the refrigerator we will order one and a delivery company will arrange with the client to deliver it to the house and remove the older unit. It is a one for one replacement. We remove the old unit and replace it with a basic white energy star rated model with a freezer on top. We make sure it is a comparable size, but do not install icemakers, side by sides, or any other luxury items.
If the house was weatherized before September 30th 1993 then we can weatherize the house again. Otherwise Wx services are not available. We keep a Weatherization database to track who has been weatherized in the past. Many times a home was weatherized under a previous owner, this does not change the policy.
In order to determine eligibility the applicant must fill out a complete application. They also need to provide:
- level of income must be below 200% of poverty or 60% of state median.
- Income documentatoin is required for the previous 3 months from date of application for all household members.
- Even if the client automatically qualifies we still want to make an effort to document their income.
-Proof of home ownership:
- copy of deed, title or tax bill is sufficient
- Title only for mobile home.
-Recent utility bill
-if client is a renter, must have landlord approval and landlord must sign the landlord agreement.
More documentation is better when it comes to an applicant. However, we do not need 3 months worth of documents. We can work with:
- Pay Stubs which show a gross Year To Date (YTD) from 3 months prior to submitting the application, along with the most recent paystub (if the applicant was at the same job for the entire 3 month period)
- Soc. Sec. or other benefit letters that show a gross amount per month
- Letter from an employer on their letterhead detailing income information.
If a member of the household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Disability Assistance (SDA), cash benefits through the Family Independence Program (FIP) then the applicant is automatically eligible for Weatherization. Receipt of any of these benefits within the previous 3 months makes an applicant eligible. We will need documentation of those benefits, and also documentation of any other income that the applicant may have.
The income guidelines are 200% of the federal poverty level. Income eligibility is established based on the previous 3 months income for the household (3 month income limits are below).
For a family of 1 the maximum allowable income is $6,030
For a family of 2 the maximum allowable income is $8,120
For a family of 3 the maximum allowable income is $10,210
For a family of 4 the maximum allowable income is $12,300
For a family of 5 the maximum allowable income is $14,390
For a family of 6 the maximum allowable income is $16,480
For a family of 7 the maximum allowable income is $18,570
For a family of 8 the maximum allowable income is $20,660
Add $2,090 for each additional household member