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Weatherization Assistance Programs

weatherization assistance programs

Every time my children turn the thermostat up at home, I creep into the hall and turn it back down again, and hand them a blanket. In the summer, we follow much the same strategy, except swapping lighter clothes for a blanket. Our monthly energy bill, which tops $80.00+ in the winter, drives me mad.

Yes, home energy costs, can be expensive. But what in life isn’t? Prices for everything from your morning cup of Joe to the beef you place on your dinner plate costs more than what we would like to pay. And as with most anything else, energy is imperative to our daily life.

It is truly not something we can simply go without. That said – there are ways to reduce your monthly energy bills. Ways that, unlike popular belief, won’t necessarily break the bank. What am I talking about? I am speaking of weatherization, and of course, weatherization assistance programs.

Weatherization Assistance Programs Description

What is weatherization? Weatherization is the application of energy efficiency measures to a home. The belief that energy efficiency is expensive is a myth, as it is more expensive to cool and heat a home year round that is not considered energy efficient.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is some initial investment required in making your home or rental (with landlord’s permission) more energy efficient. But there are also many programs such as these weatherization assistance programs that are available to low-income families and individuals that qualify.

Maximum Income Eligibility Guidelines

  • $18,391 if the household is composed of one person
  • $24,891 if the household is composed of two people
  • $31,391 if the household is composed of three people
  • $37,981 if the household is composed of four people
  • $44,931 if the household is composed of five people
  • $50,891 if the household is composed of six people
  • $57,391 if the household is composed of seven people
  • $63,891 if the household is composed of eight people

*For households greater than 8 people, add an additional $6,500, to determine if you fall within the state’s income eligibility guidelines. Should you be a recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), then you are automatically deemed eligible.*

What the Program Covers

The program currently covers adding thermal insulation to a building’s envelope (namely attic insulation), sealing air cracks, installing low-flow shower heads and other energy/water efficiency measures, maintaining HVAC equipment and making other cost saving changes that reduce heat loss.

Funding for the program is currently provided by three separate federal government offices including the U.S. Department of Energy, the BPA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program also receives funding from Washington State, which local utility companies match.

To determine your eligibility, please click here.

Energy Proofing Your Home

energy proofing your home, save money on energy costs, sustainable livingOwning a home, whether it is a modest one or a mini-mansion, has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. In fact, according to a poll which was recently conducted by several prominent research companies, 61 percent of residents still believe that this dream will provide them with both stability and security.

How that house functions, however, constantly changes and evolves in order to accommodate the needs of its residents. Today, prospective buyers and homeowners aren’t looking for housing with all the latest and greatest gadgets, but rather those homes that are energy proof.

This is in large part due to the fact that nobody, at least nobody I’ve ever met, likes getting hit with a $300.00 electric bill. In fact, based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s national averages, 44 percent of these costs are associated with heating and cooling while another 33 percent is associated with lighting and appliance use.

Energy proofing your home is economical, plain and simple. Even renters want homes and apartments that are energy efficient. In some areas, electricity companies are working with residents to combat the increasing cost of high electricity bills, by providing them with rebates, tax incentives and low-voltage fixtures.

Something as simple as ensuring a home is provided with the correct amount of insulation, along with a high R-Value, can make all of the difference in the world when you consider just how good a job a home does at keeping you toasty in the winter and cool in the summer.

Saving energy is both cost effective, and environmentally friendly, so what better way to reduce your monthly and annual energy costs than installing double paned windows, sealing air ducts and all leaks, install the proper size air conditioning, use energy star rated appliances and more?

Energy Proofing Your Home Tips

  • Consider unplugging, or using a power strip, when not in use. I personally make it a habit before I leave for work to walk around my home and unplug all chargers and small appliances including my microwave.
  • Don’t leave lights on – even if it means walking behind your husband and kids to ensure that they’re off. With today’s technology, you can even opt to install timers or automated home lighting.Thermostat