The Energy Program, also known as Weatherization, weatherizes low and moderate income homes to reduce their fuel consumption and heating costs. Services include insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, installation of storm windows, and new energy-efficient furnaces and refrigerators. NWCCOG is a local administering agency under the Weatherization Assistance Program, and is under contract to the Colorado Energy Office. Weatherization has helped preserve affordable housing units in the region. By reducing a household’s energy consumption and heating costs, these families have more income available to spend within their local communities.
Old, inefficient furnaces are replaced with 95%-efficient models. Also, refrigerator electricity usage is measured as part of the initial energy audit and refrigerators using excessive amounts of electricity are replaced with a new Energy Star-rated refrigerator. All old refrigerators are returned to an appliance recycling facility in Denver.
Many of the homes, particularly mobile homes, weatherized in the High Country Weatherization Region have pre-existing health and safety problems. In addition to reducing energy consumption and heating costs, the weatherization process corrects any health and safety problems found, such as gas leaks and carbon monoxide problems. Every home that uses propane or natural gas receives a minimum of two safety inspections.
Weatherization has a main office in Silverthorne and a field office in New Castle. In addition to weatherizing homes within the NWCCOG region, NWCCOG also weatherizes homes in Chaffee, Clear Creek, Garfield, Lake, Moffat, Park, Rio Blanco, and Routt Counties.
History of the Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) began in the 1970’s in response to the 1973 oil embargo, which increased the energy burden on low-income households. (The average low-income household spends 17% of its income on residential energy as opposed to 4% for the average American family.) NWCCOG has weatherized over 3000 homes since becoming a local administering agency under the WAP. Weatherization has helped preserve affordable housing units in the region while making homes safer and more energy efficient. The Weatherization program has been demonstrated to be cost-effective in studies by both Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Xcel Energy of Colorado.
How Does the Program Work?
If you qualify, you may receive: caulking, weather stripping, insulation, storm windows, furnace tune-up, furnace replacement, refrigerator replacement and more FREE OF CHARGE!
Based on # of Persons in Household:
1 Person – $ 24,120
2 Persons – $ 32,480
3 Persons – $ 40,840
4 Persons – $ 49,200
5 Persons – $ 57,560
6 Persons – $ 65,920
7 Persons – $ 74,280
8 Persons – $ 82,640
For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,320 for each additional person.
If you receive LEAP, TANF, OAP, SSI, SSDI, SNAP, or AND you automatically qualify for NWCCOG’s Weatherization services. The improvements will be made by NWCCOG Weatherization Specialists through federal and state grant monies.
Interested? Please Call 1-800-332-3669
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