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Bureau of Weatherization:
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What happens after I contact the agency?

1. The agency will schedule an appointment with you to take your application. They will tell you what information you should bring with you.

Note: Your application for Weatherization is also an application for the LIHEAP (energy assistance) Program.

2. Upon taking your application, the agency will then determine if your household is income-eligible.

3. If you are determined to be income-eligible, your name will be placed on the Weatherization waiting list.

4. When you are contacted by the agency, a trained agency staff person will look at your home to see what can be done to make it more energy efficient.

Weatherization services differ with each home depending on how it was built and its condition.

Some common weatherization services include:

  • Adding insulation to the attic, walls and/or floors. If insulation is added, holes may be drilled in the siding and vents may be added to the roof. These measures will reduce the amount of heat being lost through the walls, ceiling and floors.
  • The combustion appliances (heating systems, water heaters, stoves) will be safety-checked to ensure that they are not putting off too much carbon monoxide. If they are, depending upon your circumstance, the program may replace your appliance. This will ensure that health and safety problems are not created by tightening up your house.
  • Your heating system may be cleaned and tuned, repaired, retrofitted, and in some cases, replaced.
  • Energy efficient lighting will be installed.

5. Once your home has been weatherized, an agency inspector will visit your home and verify that the work was done completely and professionally. In addition, the inspector will answer any questions that you may have as well as instruct you on energy-saving measures you can take to make your home even more energy-efficient.

What doesn't the program cover? Return to Top

  • Rarely do we replace windows and doors
  • We will not paint your house
  • General fix-up work on your home
  • Yard work
  • House cleaning
  • Roof replacements
What does this service cost me? Return to Top

This assistance is provided at no cost to you. The weatherization work is paid for with federal and utility funds. This work and your own efforts will help to lower your heating, cooling and electrical costs.

Who does the weatherization work? Return to Top

The work on your home will be done by qualified contractors or agency crew members. The weatherization contractor or crew members will contact you to set up the day and time they will begin the work which will usually take about 5 days. It will be your responsibility to make timely arrangements with the contractor/crew member to give them access to your home so they can complete the work. Normal working hours for the contractors/crew members are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. You will need to make your home accessible to them during these hours.

Who does the furnace work? Return to Top

A qualified furnace contractor will perform the heating system work. The furnace contractor will contact you to set up the day and time work will begin. It will be your responsibility to make timely arrangements with the contractor to give them access to your home so they can complete the work. Normal working hours for the contractors are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. You will need to make your home accessible to them during these hours.

Is the weatherization work guaranteed? Return to Top

The weatherization work done on your home is guaranteed for one year against defects in material and workmanship by the contractors. Please keep the name, address and phone number of the contractor that has completed your home's weatherization. If you have any questions or a problem with the weatherization work, please call the local agency that served you.

What do I need to do to get ready for the project? Return to Top

When the contractor is ready to begin work, it would be helpful if you would move house plants and fragile items so they are not damaged during the construction process; expect some dust! The workers will need to get to the furnace, attic, and window areas. If you have items stored in the attic, they should be moved or covered.


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