Weatherization
What is Weatherization? Weatherization is a program funded by the Department of Energy that helps low and moderate income families make their homes more energy efficient.  According to the Department of Energy, “The Weatherization Assistance Program was created under Title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act of 1976. During a period of staggering increases in energy prices following the 1973 oil crisis, the program was designed to save imported oil and cut heating bills for low-income households, including senior citizens living on fixed incomes and Social Security, who were especially hard hit by rising energy bills.”  Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission provides Weatherization services to an average of ___ families a year.  The Weatherization crew can fix or replace furnaces, add much-needed insulation to older homes, install weatherstripping around windows and doors, and provide safety devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Who qualifies for Weatherization? Many moderate income families qualify for Weatherization services even if they don’t realize it.  You may be able to get thousands of dollars worth of work done on your home for FREE.  Prior to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (commonly referred to as the “stimulus package”), families up to 150% of the poverty level qualified for Weatherization assistance.  Now families up to 200% of the poverty level are eligible for services.  Now, for most folks, % of poverty level might as well be Greek.   The following chart gives the exact monthly income allowable for a family to qualify for Weatherization services: 2 people – $1821/month 3 people – $2289/month 4 people – $2756/month 5 people – $3224/month 6 people – $3691/month 7 people – $4159/month 8 people – $4626/month ** For each additional person, add $468.00 If your income is close and you are unsure if you qualify, make sure to stop in and apply in person! 1 person in family – $1354 maximum income per month Applications are ranked according to priority points.  Applicants with the highest number of priority points are served first.  Points are generated by the computer and are based on factors such as income, amount of utility bills, the fuel source for your home, and whether or not there are elderly or very young children in the home. Where do I apply for Weatherization? In NKY, a family can apply for Weatherization services at the appropriate Neighborhood Center for their county.  For Cincinnati, contact Hamilton County Community Action.  Outside of the area, be sure to contact your local state agency to find out where to apply. When you come to NKCAC to apply for services, you will need a few different documents.  First of all, be sure to bring proof of your monthly gross income (one month of pay stubs, your social security award letter, etc).  In addition to this, you will need a copy of your deed.  If you are a renter, your Neighborhood Center will provide your landlord with a Landlord Agreement so that he or she can grant us permission to work on the home.  In order to complete the application you will also need 12 months usage for your utilities.  If you have the last 12 months of bills for your utilities (natural gas, electric, kerosene, propane, etc), that will work fine.  If not, your utility company would be happy to provide a print out for you if you call their customer service line or stop in. What should I expect when the crew first comes to my house? First an Evaluator visits your home to collect data and perform an energy audit which determines what energy measures are needed to make your home more energy efficient.   After the evaluation your home may be visited by sub-contractors so they can place a bid to perform the work on your home.  The work will be performed on your home by NKCAC’s in-house crews or one of our approved sub-contractors.  Once the work is complete it will be post-inspected by the Evaluator.  The amount of time it takes to complete the work on the home varies according to the amount and type of work needed. What will they do to my house? Energy saving measures will vary from home to home but could include:   cleaning, tuning, repairing or replacing furnaces, adding much-needed insulation, installing weather stripping around windows and doors, installing window kits, providing safety devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing traditional light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent ones,  replacing doors, and other measures as needed.