The Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to help low-income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.
On site energy audits are conducted to assess conditions in homes and to identify the most cost-effective energy saving measures to be installed.
Weatherization services include but are not limited to:
- Blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home
- Installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss
- Heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system
- Minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures
- Client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday.
Eligible applicants include low-income individuals with priority given to higher risk residents such as the elderly, disabled individuals, families with children and high energy users. Call Center for Community Aciton at (814) 623-9129 to determine eligibility.
Center for Community Action operates Weatherization in Bedford and Fulton Counties.
Ten Hot Tips
To help you stay warm and save money
- Get your heating system as efficient as you can. To improve efficiency, inspect, clean and maintain your heating system. Periodic maintenance such as cleaning and replacing filters can save up to 10% of your heating costs.
- Instead of turning up the heat, dress in layers of clothing to increase comfort level. For example, put on a sweater. A light long-sleeved sweater equals almost 2 degrees in added warmth, while a heavy, long-sleeved sweater adds about 4 degrees.
- Take advantage of free heat from the sun. Open curtains and drapes on the sunny side of your home during the day. But be sure to close the curtains and drapes when the sun sets.
- To stay warm at night put extra blankets on your bed, and use warmer fabrics such as flannel sheets.
- Close off any unused rooms, and partially close the heat vents in those rooms.
- Don't block heat vents, registers or heating units with furniture or drapes.
- At night, turn the thermostat down 10 degrees from its normal setting. Also turn it down 10 degrees when you're leaving for 4 hours or more. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you'll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill.
- When washing clothes, use cold water and wash full loads only. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees. Install low-flow restrictors on showerheads and faucets. Take short showers instead of baths.
- Clean your refrigerator coils on a regular basis
- Avoid use of kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans during the winter.