Services

Alabama weatherization assistance typically includes mitigating outside air infiltration into the conditioned space of the home, installing attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing duct work, performing HVAC system tune-ups and repairs, repairing leaky and/or faulty windows and doors, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with highly efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Professionally trained weatherization crews use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment, such as a blower door, manometer, or infrared camera, to determine the most cost-effective measures appropriate for each home.


  • Weatherization crews use advanced technologies to address whole-house energy use.

  • Services are delivered to single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, and manufactured homes.

  • Weatherization agencies have established a professionally trained delivery system to provide quality energy efficiency services and materials.

  • The integration of advanced technologies and techniques has increased the Program’s impact. Weatherization measures achieve greater energy and dollar savings. The energy savings achieved through weatherization increased by almost 70% between 1989 and 2002.

Weatherization crews also perform health and safety tests that may include: testing heating units and appliances for combustion safety, carbon monoxide, and gas leaks; assessing moisture damage; checking electrical system safety; replacing unsafe heating and cooling systems; and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Eligibility

In order to receive assistance, the applicant's income must not exceed 200% of the federally established poverty level.

Priority is given to the elderly and disabled, households with high-energy consumption, emergency situations, and homes with preschool-age children.

Proof of annual household income and other information, and as well as participation in home weatherization counseling are required of all applicants.

Energy consumption in America has almost tripled since 1950 – from 34.6 quadrillion BTUs (Quads) to 97.4 Quads per year – and household energy use comprises 22% of total energy consumption. Americans spend $156 billion each year on home energy. Low-income households pay a disproportionate share of this energy bill.

  • Low-income households typically spend 14% of their total annual income on energy, compared with 3.5% for other households.

  • The average expenditure in low-income households is nearly $1,267 annually. Low-income families must often cut back on other necessities, such as groceries or medicine, to pay their energy bills.

Over 28 million households are currently eligible for Weatherization services. Any household at or below 125% of poverty is considered low-income. Some eligible households may require repairs, rehabilitation, or services that are beyond the scope of the Weatherization Program. About 15 million of all eligible households are good candidates for weatherization services.

  • Over 90% of low-income households have an annual income under $15,000.

  • Two-thirds have an annual income under $8,000.

  • More than 13% have an annual income under $2,000.

How To Apply


Contact your local agency to apply for Weatherization Assistance.