COMMUNITY ACTION WEATHERIZATION
WHAT IS WEATHERIZATION?
Many people think of weatherization as simply adding weather-stripping or caulking to windows and doors to stop drafts. While it does consist of those measures, the WAP also uses the latest, advanced technologies and proven approaches to address the entire home, including the interior and exterior structure, heating and cooling systems, the electrical system, and electricity consuming appliances.
Measures that may be installed at your home include:
• Attic and wall insulation
• Foundation insulation
• Air-sealing around windows and doors, and any other areas that leak air
• Furnace repair or replacement
Additionally, our inspectors will perform a safety check on your home to ensure occupants are safe from harmful things such as carbon monoxide, damp crawlspaces, or leaky plumbing or appliances.
WHAT IS WEATHERIZATION NOT?
• Weatherization is not a home renovation program. The program is not intended, nor allowed to provide any undue enhancements to improve the cosmetic look.
• Weatherization is not a window replacement program. Despite what you may hear on TV ads, windows very rarely qualify as a cost effective way to save energy. The most common high energy savers include attic and wall insulation and furnace upgrades.
• Weatherization is not a furnace replacement program. While oftentimes we do replace furnaces, it’s only done in conjunction with the whole weatherization process. If it’s determined that your furnace should be replaced, the energy savings will only happen if other measures, such as attic and wall insulation are performed in combination with the furnace replacement.
WHY SHOULD I APPLY?
• The work is all done free of charge.
• Weatherization saves the average customer $358 annually on utility bills.
• The measures installed will provide long-term energy savings, up to 30 years for things such as attic insulation.
• We have nothing to sell. We’re not going to make window or a furnace replacement appear as the best thing for your home if that’s not the case. Our inspectors use comprehensive energy audit software to determine the most valuable measures to help in reducing your utility bills.
To get started with your application, simply contact your Community Action Partner at 785-836-4500.
WHY WE DO IT
Studies show that lower income households spend significantly more of their total income on their energy bills than other households — nearly 14 percent compared to just over 3 percent for other households.
There are approximately 25 million households nationwide occupied by low-income families that have not yet been weatherized.
Savings on utility bills means more money for things like food, shelter, clothing and transportation; and, more opportunities to save for the future and build a pathway out of poverty.
DO I QUALIFY?
Households receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) or utility assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) are automatically eligible for Weatherization.
Total household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Both homeowners and renters are eligible. The home must be occupied and not be for sale or in foreclosure. Community Action weatherizes homes in the following counties:
Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Shawnee and Nemaha.
• Completed Application
• Proof of all household income for the past year