North Central’s nationally recognized Weatherization Program works to reduce the heating and cooling cost for low-income families (particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children) by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring health and safety. Weatherization reduces energy costs through energy-efficient measures such as insulating attics, sidewalls, water tanks, water lines, ductwork, and performing air sealing measures.
Trained Service Specialists replace or repair heating systems with the highest efficiency equipment available. Weatherization is a comprehensive service that begins with client education and a computerized assessment to ascertain the energy efficiency of the heating system in a given home. An assessment of the insulation, glass composition, type of walls, and type of windows allows the Service Specialists to determine the proper size and capacity of the new heating system, duct size, and placement for the best comfort and energy savings in the home. Weatherization also assesses and replaces refrigerators based on their overall efficiency.
NCWVCAA Weatherization Assistance Program FAQ
Weatherization is a Federal Program that began in 1976 with the intent of reducing energy costs of low-income households while maintaining the health and safety of the inhabitants. It is funded through a both the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). To date, the program has helped 7 million families.
Weatherization is intended to lower energy costs. This is obtained through completing energy efficiency measures in a home such as installing insulation, air sealing, cleaning heating and cooling systems, etc. Each home is visited by a trained energy auditor who will gather all important information. This will be entered into the DOE approved energy audit program, which will in turn come up with the best plan of action for each home.
Weatherization is a very complex program that uses advanced computer systems and diagnostic testing, to determine the best way to save energy in each particular home. The energy audit computer program that is used tells our energy auditors what measures would be most beneficial for each dwelling. Sometimes the system may recommend window or door replacements. Other times, it will simply recommend we seal the existing units. This will differ for each home and each audit.
Weatherization does not complete roof replacement and extensive repair. Small patches needed in order to complete other weatherization measures will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Heating systems are always addressed if weatherization is to be completed on the home. This may include a simple clean and tune of the existing unit or a replacement. An audit would need to be completed to determine the best action. There are seasonal programs available in the event that the
home does not have working or safe heat. This would need to be noted on the application and a referral will be made if deemed necessary.
Weatherization does not work on septic systems in any way.
Refrigerators are always tested for replacement at each audit unless the client declines testing. Depending on testing results, the audit may recommend replacing some units. Other appliances are not addressed through the weatherization program. Supplemental programs are sometimes available.
Weatherization is not intended to complete extensive electrical rewiring in a home. However, sometimes small upgrades and electrical issues can be addressed in order for weatherization to be completed safely. This is on a case by case basis and is completed by a licensed electrician.
Weatherization does not work on porches.
The weatherization program is not intended for home repair. Small wall and floor repairs needed in order to weatherize are allowable and will be completed on a case by case basis however, extensive remodeling is not allowable.
Not all homes can be weatherized. Each auditor is trained to recognize areas in a home that may prevent weatherization from being completed. Common reasons for deferral are: moisture issues, extensive roof leaks, venting problems that are not able to be addressed using weatherization, clutter and debris in and around the home, dangerous work environment, sewer leaks, etc. These issues will be pointed out during the audit and the client will have a period of a year to address issues and notify our agency. After a year, the application will be denied and the client will need to reapply.
Our agency works in ten counties. Approved applicants are added to our agencies waitlist which is monitored by state officials. We are required to work on clients in the order in which we they are listed on our waitlist. Priority points are given to homes with children, the elderly, and disable individuals. You will be notified when your application is nearing the top of our list. This is why it is very important to keep contact information, such as phone numbers, up to date with our agency.