WEATHERIZATION: SERVICES, BENEFITS AND TIPS
What is weatherization?
Weatherization involves making changes to a home’s heating and cooling systems in order to reduce energy usage and make homes safer. Examples include home energy audits, insulation in attics, crawlspaces and walls; air leak sealing; installation of high-efficiency furnaces and refrigerators; furnace safety testing; installation of compact fluorescent lightbulbs; and installation of storm windows and doors.
How does weatherization help people?
Weatherization helps homes consume less energy; makes residents warmer, safer and more comfortable; and reduces utility bills year round. According a study performed on our program by the Department of Energy (DOE), Weatherization can save an average of $437 annually in heating and cooling costs.
What are some simple things people can do to reduce energy usage in their homes?
Follow these energy-saving tips:
- Check your water heater temperature, it should not be set higher than 120 degrees.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to shine in, and close curtains at night.
- Do only full loads of laundry (use cold water in the laundry) and dishes.
- Check your thermostat settings and/or get a programmable one.
- Hang clothes to dry instead of using an electric dryer.
- Check and/or replace your furnace filter at least once a month.
- Keep heat registers clear of furniture or other obstructions.
- Turn lights off and replace incandescent bulbs with CFL’s.
- Read the following resource: “Three Ways to Save Big on Your Utility Bills.”
Why is Veterans Green Jobs involved in weatherization work?
This work is core to our mission of serving our communities and environment. It creates living-wage job opportunities for our veteran and non-veteran staff, reduces Colorado residents’ utility bills, increases the health, safety and comfort of homes, and generates awareness and education about the importance of energy consumption and savings.
What makes Veterans Green Jobs different?
We are unique because we employ military veterans to provide a large range of energy efficiency services to income-qualified homes. We leverage innovative programs such as automated data delivery processes, and forge partnerships with a diverse set of funding organizations such as private foundations and the philanthropic arm of private corporations. In doing so, our program is able to uniquely expand the range of services we provide, increase the number of households we serve, and free up resources to provide additional weatherization measures for homeowners.
What are the environmental impacts of weatherization?
Buildings account for 40% of energy use, making this sector the single largest contributor to carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. Given the large size of the existing building stock in the U.S., at-scale energy efficiency retrofit and weatherization programs are a critical focus area for Veterans Green Jobs – not only because buildings represent the single largest source of carbon emissions, but also because retrofits and weatherization offer a significant source of green jobs for veterans, and some of the most cost-efficient options for greenhouse gas abatement.
FREE SERVICES TO QUALIFYING RESIDENTS
(last updated April 2013)
Who qualifies for these free services?
People in Denver and Jefferson Counties qualify if they are receiving financial assistance from any of the following programs:
✸ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
✸ Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
✸ Old Age Pension (OAP)
✸ Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
✸ Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Households can also be eligible if they meet required income guidelines according to the chart below:
|Household Members||Gross* Monthly Income||Gross* Annual Income|
|Each Additional Person**||$670.00||$8,040.00|
* Gross income means before tax.
** Please add $670.00 per month or $8,040.00 per year for each additional person in your household after 8 people.
Do residents need to own their home to receive these services?
No. Veterans Green Jobs weatherizes homes of both owners and renters.
Are the services completely free of charge?
Residents must qualify based on income. Some residents may be asked to make partial payment for a new furnace installation; otherwise, services are provided at no cost.