Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to lower the energy consumption (and cost) of homes by making them more efficient. Homes that participate in the program see instant savings on utility bills once all the measures are addressed. Clients may receive a number of improvements to include repair or replacement of leaky windows and doors, installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs, replacement of older water heaters, refrigerators, and air conditioners. All measures must be approved and are subject to the recommendation of the inspector and an energy audit. The biggest advantage of WAP is the cost to the client: IT’S FREE!
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Eligibility for WAP/SHIP is based on a percentage of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines set forth by the Department of Energy. It can be found at https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/580. If you receive LIHEAP you already qualify.
Anyone who lives in a single-family dwelling (one side of a duplex counts as single-family provided they are physically separated.), either site built or mobile home, as long as it is permanent (no wheels.) Clients can either own or rent. Multi-family housing falls under another Weatherization grant that is in the works of being established.
After a home is inspected and a list of necessary measures are approved the job goes out for bid to local general contractors. It is the responsibility of MC to hire and administrate the workers. Homeowners are not authorized to perform the repairs themselves. WAP is part of the stimulus package and is intended to create work for local businesses.
Yes. As with any program, there are parameters that must be followed. Any home that is structurally unsafe, or has more than two square feet of visible mold, or cannot meet the desired end results will not be weatherized. The WAP is not designed to rehabilitate a home from age, storm, moisture, or insect damage. In the event that “whole house” weatherization cannot be achieved the inspector will consider the possibility of creating a conditioned living space within the home.
Once an application is received and approved by Monroe County Social Services, the home is scheduled for an inspection and energy audit by a state-certified weatherization inspector. This inspection takes about three hours to complete. The inspector then takes the information gathered from the inspection and created a work order for the project and sends it out for bid to local contractors. Usually, within a week, prospective contractors meet with the inspector at your home to inspect and take necessary measurements. The contractors have about a week to assemble and submit their bids. When they are all received the job is awarded to the winning contractor who will then contact the homeowner and schedule repairs. Most repairs are completed in one or two days. From time to time projects do go on longer based on the availability of materials.