Weatherization Assistance Program
To be eligible for services, low-income households must reside within the following counties:
- Nez Perce
Community Action Partnership’s Weatherization Department provides weatherization services to qualifying low-income households within the ten northernmost counties of Idaho (Benewah, Boundary, Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone Counties) and Asotin County in Washington.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to reduce heating and cooling costs for income-eligible families, particularly those with the highest energy costs, the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving energy efficiency within their homes while addressing health and safety concerns. This program provides energy efficiency measures that are tailored to each home and are designed for maximum cost savings in energy conservation.
To be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program, households must reside in an eligible dwelling within our services area, and meet the income guidelines for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Weatherization measures performed on each home may include one or more of the following cost-effective services for homeowners and renters.
Heating Efficiency Measures designed to improve the operation of the heating system, which may include a cleaning and tuning for the furnace, furnace repair, or furnace replacement. The ductwork for the heating system may also be sealed.
Conduction Measures designed to reduce heat loss and gain from the interior/exterior of the unit by installing insulation. Insulation may be installed in the ceiling, walls, and floor, and around the home’s water pipes and ductwork.
Other measures that may be installed if energy savings are determined include but are not limited to the repair or replacement of windows and doors. However, window and door replacements are not guaranteed as there are not always enough cost savings for those measures to be performed.
Infiltration Measures designed to reduce the air leakage to and from the home. This may include caulking around windows, installing weatherstrips and door-sweeps, sealing around wiring and plumbing penetrations, and sealing other holes in the home.
Incidental Repairs that may be needed to help preserve or protect the material that has been installed and maintain the structural integrity of the home.
Determining What Weatherization Measures to Perform
To determine what weatherization measures we may perform, a certified Energy Auditor from Community Action Partnership visits the home to determine its characteristics and inputs the information into our energy audit program. The software then provides information to the auditor about whether each proposed measure is cost-effective enough to complete. Any weatherization measure being installed requires enough future energy savings to pay for its cost. This means that some measures, such as window and door replacements, commonly cannot be performed in every home.
Health and Safety Measures
Health and safety measures include general site inspection, carbon monoxide level testing, heating system diagnostic testing, ventilation correction, and smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector installation where necessary. These service are provided to each home receiving weatherization in order to identify and correct energy-related safety issues that may exist.
In addition to the weatherization and health and safety measures we install in each home, our agency provides client education to explain the proper use and maintenance of all systems we install, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector testing and battery replacement, education about lead and mold safety, and information on how to save money through energy conservation.