Weatherization assistance programs are designed to help low-income families and individuals decrease their monthly home energy costs. These programs additionally help educate those benefiting from it to be more attentive of any health and safety related issues in the home.
General Requirements of Weatherization Assistance Programs
In order to qualify for this program, you must be a resident of the state of Arizona, and your household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed the following:
- $23,340 if one person lives in the household
- $31,460 if two people live in the household
- $39,580 if three people live in the household
- $47,700 if four people live in the household
- $55,280 if five people live in the household
- $63,940 if six people live in the household
- $72,060 if seven people live in the household
- $80,180 if eight people live in the household
For households greater than 8 people, add $8,120 per additional person.
The weatherization assistance program, administered at the community based local level (not state level), is funded annually by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Since the program’s inception in 1977, more than seven million of Arizona’s low-income families/individuals have benefited from the weatherization assistance program. This has cut kWh in Arizona by 126,834,658 and counting. The program also aids in reducing emissions.
It is currently available to all low-income families and individuals – even renters (with landlord’s approval). For information on applying, please click here. Many utility companies also provide their own form of assistance to eligible families/individuals.
What Can Be Done?
- Adding thermal insulation to the residential building envelope (most typically in the form of attic insulation).
- Shading sun-exposed windows, primarily for houses using central refrigeration cooling.
- Implementing air leak control measures to reduce excessive infiltration of outside air.
- Testing, tuning and maintaining heating and cooling equipment.
- Reducing duct leakage where heating and central refrigerated is distributed by a forced air system.
- Installing low-flow showerheads and other general energy and water efficiency measures.
- Other energy conservation improvements as identified by the home energy auditor.