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WHAT IS THE WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?

The North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to deliver energy efficiency service to low-income households.  Weatherization services are delivered to single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, and mobile homes. Professionally trained weatherization staff performs on-site home energy audits using state-of-the-art equipment to identify outside drafts and inspect heating and cooling systems for efficiency. Weatherization crews or contractors install insulation, seal off air leaks, make modifications to (or replace) existing heating and cooling sytems and make minor repairs to ensure safety. Once installed, these energy saving measures will help to reduce your heating and cooling costs for years to come. The ultimate goal is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential energy expenditures, and improve their health and safety, particularly the elderly, disabled and families with children, households with high energy burden or high energy usage. 

Elements

It is important that we concentrate our efforts on measures that are the most cost effective; those that help keep the operating cost of our program down.

Qualifications of projective clients are based on the following criteria:

  • Does the applicant meet poverty guidelines as established by the North Carolina Department of Commerce? These guidelines are the 200% computations based on the poverty income guidelines published in the Federal Register in the spring of each year
  • The status of the applicant: i.e., elderly, handicapped, or Native American.
  • Is the applicant an owner or tenant?
  • In Landlords situations, how many of his units have been weatherization in the past?
  • Is the dwelling a mobile home or a single-family dwelling?

 Two individual audits (input and output) are performed on each weatherized unit.

  • Input: To determine whether it would be cost effective to weatherize the dwelling, to determine recommended measures for weatherization, and to perform various test; i.e. Carbon Monoxide levels which will determine a safe atmosphere for residents as well as for contract workers; and Blower Door readings which will pin-point subject areas.

  • Output: To inspect the workmanship performed on the dwellings; to ensure materials used are of proper quality and match the contractor's invoice sheet; to perform a second Carbon Monoxide test to ensure the dwelling shows a significant improvement in regards to energy efficiency; and to ensure client's satisfaction.

ELIGIBLE WEATHERIZATION SERVICES

Each household is visited by an energy auditor who determines which conservation measures will be most effective for this specific unit. There are several conservation measures, which may be installed based upon their ability to save energy. They are:

Air Sealing: Includes sealing of major air leaks and bypasses that is guided by the use of a blower door.

Attic Insulation: Insulation is installed to bring the attic up to an R-value based on the region of the state the unit is located.

Wall Insulation: Dense-pack wall insulation is installed to an R-value based on the location of the unit.

Floor Insulation: Floor insulation is installed in floors over unheated basements or crawlspace.

Seal and Insulate Ducts: Ducts are sealed and those outside the air conditioned space are insulated to R-4 value.

Heating/Cooling System Measures: Includes inspection and testing of heating/cooling systems for efficiency and safety purposes. Repair and/or replacement are allowed based on energy efficiency and funding availability.

WHO BENEFITS FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA WEATHERIZATION

ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?

The program targets families with incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (see chart below for details). Households receiving TANF, and households that include at least one member who receives SSI are automatically eligible regardless of household income. The Weatherization Program prioritizes eligible families, serving the elderly, people with disabilities and families with children first. Over 3,500 households are served annually at an average cost of approximately $2,500 per household for material and labor. 

 

Size of Family Unit

HARRP

150%

WAP

200%

ONE

$18,090

$24,120

TWO

$24,360

$32,480

THREE

$30,630

$40,840

FOUR

$36,900

$49,200

FIVE

$43,170

$57,560

SIX

$49,440

$65,920

SEVEN

$55,710

$74,280

EIGHT

$61,980

$82,640

For each additional member add

add $6,270

$8,360

Economic Improvement Council, Inc. * Phone: 252-482-4459

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 HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

Step 1: Request an application from Economic Improvement Council, Inc Weatherization department or click on the weatherization application link.

Step 2: Complete the application, include proof of income and twelve consecutive months of utility bills, and mail to the address listed below or bring it to the Economic Improvement Council, Inc.

Step 3: If approved you will be contacted to finalize your application.

Step 4: An auditor will assess your home for needed work.

Then look forward to a more energy-efficient home

YOU MAY QUALIFY AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OWN YOUR HOME TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES.

TO LEARN MORE PLEASE CONTACT:

Economic Improvement Council, Inc.

712 Virginia Road

Edenton, NC 27932

(252) 482-4458 ext.122

Jason Barnes

Weatherization Director

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