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What are the benefits of weatherization?

  • helps reduce energy costs;

  • conserves energy;

  • increases comfort in the home;

  • improves safety and health standards;

  • preserves housing; and

  • provides jobs.

How does the program work?

The weatherization program has four steps:

  1. An application is submitted to determine program eligibility;

  2. An energy audit of the home is conducted to identify needs;

  3. The home is weatherized; and

  4. Home is inspected to assure quality of work completed.

What services are included?

  • sealing of cracks and holes to reduce heat loss;

  • insulation of attics and walls;

  • heating system repairs or replacement;

  • providing efficient lighting and refrigeration;

  • minor repairs which are needed to ensure maximum efficiency of the weatherization services performed; and

  • mitigation of energy-related health and safety issues.

What is the quality of the materials used?

New York State requires providers to purchase and use materials that meet state and federal government standards. HCR offers providers training in quality control and material use.

Is there a charge for weatherization services?

All services are provided without cost to the occupant of the home. However, owners of rental buildings must invest funds toward the cost of weatherization services performed on their property.

Who is eligible for weatherization services?

Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal low-income guidelines. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Public Assistance, Food Stamps, or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, the household is considered automatically eligible for weatherization services.

Are renters eligible for services?

Yes. Applications are accepted from renters, homeowners, and rental property owners.

What type of home is eligible?

A manufactured or single-family home, an apartment building, and a single room occupied as separate living quarters are all eligible.

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