What is weatherization?
Weatherization as defined by the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) differs in many ways from what is commonly called “weatherizing your home.” The latter involves low-cost improvements like adding weatherstripping to doors and windows to save energy. WAP’s weatherization services consist of cost-effective energy efficiency measures for existing residential and multifamily housing with low-income residents. Under this definition, it includes a wide variety of energy efficiency measures that encompass the building envelope, its heating and cooling systems, its electrical system, and electricity consuming appliances.
Is there a weatherization program in Indiana?
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Program provides energy conservation measures to reduce the utility bills of low-income Hoosiers across the state. The WAP Program offers clients a permanent solution to reducing their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) allocates funds to Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) for distribution to our network of Community Action Agencies to perform weatherization work.
What is the process for weatherizing my home?
If you are interested in receiving benefits through this program, you must first contact your local Community Action Agency to enroll. Eligibility for this program is based on household income. Once enrolled, you will be placed on a wait list. Because the demand for these services routinely exceeds the amount of funding available, you may be on a wait list for a period of 2-24 months.
Once your home comes up on the wait list, you will be contacted, and a state-trained energy auditor will be sent to your home to perform a comprehensive energy audit. The results of the audit are unique to each client’s home and determine which energy efficiency upgrades will maximize energy savings for the client.
Upon completion of the audit, state-trained contractors will install the energy efficiency upgrades prescribed by the auditor. A final audit will be conducted at the completion of the installation work to ensure the energy efficiency measures installed are operating in such a way to maximize energy savings.
Why should I weatherize my home?
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), families receiving weatherization services see their annual energy bills reduced by an average of about $437, depending on fuel prices. Because the energy improvements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to substantial benefits for weatherization clients and their communities, and the nation as a whole. Indiana’s weatherization program saves an average of 20-30% on annual home heating costs. Savings will vary by home, and will depend factors such as the size, type, and age of a home.
How much does it cost to weatherize my home?
Because the work completed on a client’s home is funded through the federal government, all audits and energy efficiency upgrades are installed at no cost to the client. After the final audit has been approved by the client, the client will then be responsible for maintenance of the home and all measures installed.
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