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.