One of our agencies longest active programs is the WEATHERIZATION program. This program has evolved over the years from putting plastic over the windows to the highly technical energy reduction program of today. The Weatherization program uses the latest in techniques such as: Blower doors, Carbon monoxide testing, Electric Load based testing, duct efficiency, gas leak testing, air leakage, heater cleaning or replacement and efficiency, and much more.
Blower doors are used to pressurize the house to find and seal air leaking from the house thus reducing the heat and cooling lost to outside air. Electric load testing is used to check the efficiency of appliances such as the refrigerator. If found to be inefficient it could be eligible for replacement if recommended by the NEAT audit. Venting and ducts are tested for efficiency and may be eligible for repair or replacement.
Each house is tested for Carbon monoxide. When detected, measures are taken to identify the source and corrective action taken. Other measures may include insulation in the attic and walls, replacing broken windows, holes patched, water heaters replaced, heaters cleaned/tuned or replaced and many other energy-related applications.
All these services are free to eligible clients within 200% of current poverty income guidelines (see income guidelines listed below). Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) clients are automatically eligible and are encouraged to contact their local DHS for more information, or Big Five.
Houses selected for weatherization are based on need and rated on a point system. All measures applied to homes weatherized are recommended from our data auditing program called NEAT. House audit information is entered in NEAT and recommends the best measures to reduce energy cost.
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*Weatherization Assistance Program Household Guidelines at 200% for 2010. An additional $8,320.00 is added for each additional person.
For additional information on the weatherization program, please contact one of our local offices.
Ada (580) 332-8233
Ardmore (580) 223-4613
Coalgate (580) 927-2381
Durant (580) 924-5331
Marietta (580) 276-3198
Big Five serves the following counties with Weatherization: Bryan, Carter, Coal, Love, and Pontotoc.