North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program

This Weatherization Assistance Program helps lowincome North Carolinians save energy and

reduce utility bills.


The funding for this program, which is administered through the North Carolina Energy Office, includes $9.7 million annual funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and nearly $132 million from the federal Recovery Act.

The mission of this program is to improve energy efficiency, household safety, and to educate the public about maintaining energy efficiency. The program's focus is on the elderly, the disabled, families with children, high energy users and the energy burdened. The goal of the Weatherization Program is to keep North Carolina citizens warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long.

Weatherization assistance is available for singlefamily homes, apartments, condominiums, and mobile homes and you do not have to own your own home to be eligible. Renters must have written permission from their landlord in order to participate.

There are trained evaluators and staff in North Carolina to help with program administration. They helpEducate customers in safety and energy efficiency, and evaluate singlefamily and multifamily dwellings, and mobile homes for safety and energy efficiency. They use the latest technological to determine cost effective methods to make customer's homes safer and energy efficient.

 

Their home inspections include:

• Testing for gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and other health and safety issues

• Checking combustible appliances such as stoves, furnaces, and water heaters

• Tuning, repairing, or replacing heating equipment

• Sealing air infiltration sites; installing attic, wall and floor insulation; sealing leaky ducts

adding ventilation

• Installing fire and carbon monoxide detectors

• Installing baseload (compact fluorescent lights) and general heat waste (water heat

wrap, pipe insulation, low flow shower heads) measures

 

What the Weatherization Program does:

• Educates clients in safety and energy efficiency

• Professionally evaluates single family dwellings, multifamily dwellings, and mobile

homes for safety and energy efficiency

• Tunes, repairs or replaces heating and air systems as needed

• Insulates attics, floors and walls as needed

• Makes minor repairs to homes for health and safety reasons

• Installs smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

• Performs baseload and general heat waste measures

 

What the Weatherization Program does not do:

• Rehabilitate homes

• Replace doors

• Replace windows

• Make major home repairs such as new roofs, new floors, plumbing, electric work

• Build additions

• Paint (other than areas disturbed by weatherization work)

• Lay carpet

• Lead based paint and asbestos abatements

• Mold remediation

 

Minor repairs are secondary measures and are not done unless regular weatherization work is

needed. The Weatherization Program is not a Rehab program. It is an energy conservation

program with an emphasis on the health and safety of the client. Household energy savings can

be up to $300 year a year after weatherization assistance. Households that receive

weatherization assistance may also get help through the Heating and Air Repair and

Replacement Program. This offers replacement of inefficient heating and air systems.

 

Who is Eligible?

Families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines or those receiving cash

assistance payments under Work First or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible for

weatherization services. More than 3,000 North Carolina families benefit from the program

annually. Priority is placed on providing assistance to the elderly, individuals with disabilities

and families with children.

 

What will you need when you apply for Weatherization Services?

1. Monthly income verification for all occupants.

2. Energy bills or a print out from your utility company.

3. Proof of ownership of property to be weatherized (or written permission from your

landlord).

 

What happens to my home during the weatherization process?

The first step in the process is for your local weatherization agency to perform an energy audit.

The energy audit is an onsite inspection of your home and an analysis of which energy efficiency

measures are best for your home. When the audit is complete, the auditor or inspector from

the local weatherization agency will meet with your family to explain how the work crews will

do the work. When the weatherization process is complete, an inspector will make certain that

everything is working properly and that nothing was missed.

 

Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program

The Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program works in concert with the Weatherization

Assistance Program to repair and/or replace inefficient heating and air systems in the homes of

lowincome families, especially the elderly, individuals with disabilities and families with

children.


Families with incomes below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible. Priority is

placed on providing assistance to the elderly, individuals with disabilities and families with

children. Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program assistance is available for single family

homes, apartments, condominiums, and mobile homes. You do not have to own your

own home to be eligible. Renters must have written permission from their landlord.


Applications must be placed with the designated local service provider for the county in which

you live. Start the application process by contacting the appropriate designated local service

provider. You will be required to provide proof of income for everyone in your household.

Examples of the documents needed are pay stubs, social security payments, and child support

payments for the past year. The local service provider may ask additional documentation.

Contacts

Harold Davis, Program Manager (mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

North Carolina Energy Office, Weatherization Section

2013 Mail Services Center

Raleigh, NC 376992013

Phone: (919) 7155850

Fax: (919) 715