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Frequently Asked Questions

1. I rent my house. Do I still qualify for weatherization?

Your landlord must sign a consent form before your house can be qualified for any weatherization work. Your local agency can provide more details.

2. What kind of work gets done to my house?

The work performed will include those measures that will save the most energy within the budget available. Work to be done is determined by the results of a computerized energy analysis of the structure; no two houses will have the same work performed.

3. Does weatherization include work like replacement roofs, new siding and plumbing?

Due to the cost of these repairs, the weatherization program cannot replace roofs, siding or deal with major plumbing issues. Your local agency may be able to refer you to other resources in your community for those repairs. Limited roof and siding patching, and correction of minor plumbing leaks may be permissible if budgets allow. These repairs are handled on a case-by-case basis.

4. How is it determined which work measures will be done?

An Energy Assessor will record all the required structural information about your house and will then use a computerized energy audit program will prioritize which weatherization measures will be most cost effective for your dwelling.

5. Who does the work?

Individuals (local work crews or contractors) specifically trained to install weatherization measures will be performing the work, under the agency's supervision.

6. Is any of the work guaranteed?

All work on a home has a one year assurance and guarantee starting on the date of the final inspection.

7. What is the average energy savings on a weatherized home?

Savings vary across the state according to the weather and/or cost of fuel in that locality. Energy savings evaluations show an average statewide savings of 25%. Most occupants report an increased comfort level throughout the seasons as well as energy savings. However, specific energy savings may depend on such things as weatherization measures installed, changing fuel costs, weather and the energy conservation habits of the occupants. There are also many health benefits associated with the work conducted through Weatherization. Improved indoor air quality has been shown to improve health for occupants of the home.

8. Is all the income in my household counted?

Generally, yes. Certain monies may be excluded from the income calculation, but these can change from one program year to the next. Check with your local agency for specific income guidelines and calculations.

9. What happens after the work is finished?

An agency Quality Control Inspector will come to the house when the occupant is present and inspect the work. The occupant will then have the opportunity to give final approval and/or request corrections in the work performed.

10. Households in Weatherization are prioritized. What does that mean?

Income eligible households containing elderly members (60 and over), households with a member that has a disabling condition or young children (5 years of age or below) will be given priority and weatherization services first. Non-priority, income-eligible households will be served if funding is available. Therefore, some eligible households may not receive weatherization assistance during the program year they applied in.

11. Will I receive new windows?

Due to the cost of window installation and the limited energy savings associated with the measure, windows are generally not prioritized by the computerized energy audit and generally are not part of the scope of work on a weatherization project. As part of air sealing a home, windows often are repaired and receive caulking to reduce air infiltration.