“I am so grateful to the program, I could never afford to weatherize my home. My heating and electric bills have gone down and my home is warm.” – T. J.
This client was just one of many low income households faced with the burden of deciding whether to put food on the table or pay the heating bill. His story was one we have heard so many times. He was a 78 year old senior citizen, recently widowed in the home he purchased 50 years ago, trying to make ends meet on Social Security. Mr. J. completed a weatherization application and because he is a senior citizen it was submitted as a priority case. Thanks to the WRAP Program an energy audit was performed and determined that his house was in desperate need of weatherization. Weatherization workers immediately began making necessary energy efficient improvements that would substantially reduce his heating costs. They replaced 4 basement windows and 6 windows on the main floor of the home, added insulation to the attic and basement and replaced the hot water heater. All windows and doors were provided with caulking and weather stripping to eliminate drafts and a complete clean and tune was done on the heating system and they installed a new thermostat and a carbon monoxide detector. Additionally, all light bulbs were replaced with energy efficient bulbs and foam insulation was installed in all electric outlets.
Weatherization is an essential part of assisting families in need of home energy assistance. In order to ascertain a household’s needs, WRAP staff may conduct a home assessment to identify any apparent energy-related structural deficiencies. The WRAP Coordinator identifies any immediate needs necessary and assesses any other issues related to social, health or safety problems. If repairs are needed, WRAP staff serve as a liaison with the Weatherization Assistance Provider, helping to guide clients through the service process and working with the Weatherization Provider to ensure delivery of services. Recommendations may include insulation and caulking of windows and doors, repair of broken windows, replacement of doors, repairs on the heating system or wrapping of pipes and water heaters.
Clients receive a directory outlining other agencies offering assistance with housing, home repairs, financial information, emergencies, weatherization, food pantries and crisis intervention.