Both owners and renters
are eligible for weatherization and NO LEIN is placed against the property. A home is eligible for Weatherization if it has not been weatherized since September 30, 1994.
Applicants are automatically eligible
if in the 3 or 12 months preceding the weatherization application, they received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Aid to Need Families (TANF) or the total household income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Weatherization reduces home energy consumption and lowers energy bills for low-income families. This equates to a 35% reduction in primary heating fuel use.
Weatherization is a cost-effective investment of taxpayer dollars. For every $1 invested in the Program, Weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society.This project serves Clarion and Jefferson Counties.
When will Weatherization begin? It depends on:
- The number of approved applications on hand
- Your priority level which depends upon elderly, disable and children living in the home and your households annual energy usage
- The availability of funds
- Your application is good for one year
After your application has been approved:
- Our office will call to set up a time when the auditor can visit your home
- Our Energy Educator will visit to discuss the potential changes to your home and offer suggestions on how you can further save energy
- The auditor will then decide what materials we can provide for your home and determine if a heating contractor needs to inspect your appliances prior to proceeding with Weatherization
- Community Action, Inc. or an independent contractors hired by the ECW Project will contact you to install the materials
- Our inspector will check the work when it is finished to assure it was done properly and completely
What happens after the Weatherization is finished?
- You must take care of the materials installed by the ECW Project
- A one year guarantee is provided on materials/equipment however repairs cannot be completed on materials/equipment which have been misused or neglected
- The installed Weatherization measures combined with changes to your behavior will help save energy
Changing the way you use energy can save even more!
- Turn off and unplug appliances when not in use
- Line dry clothes when possible
- Open drapes on sunny days
- Wash full loads of clothes in cold water
- Keep drapes closed on cold windy days
- Use microwave to cook and reheat
- Set thermostats back at night or when away from home for extended periods of time
Important Note: The use of unvented space heaters could cause your home to be refused for Weatherization Services. These heaters release carbon monoxide which is an odorless, colorless and tasteless, DEADLY gas.Call (814) 938-3302 or toll-free at (800) 648-3381
This project is financed in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the Administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development.