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Weatherization Assistance

0wap.jpgThe Department of Energy's Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program works to increase the energy efficiency of homes owned or occupied by low-income persons, reducing their total residential energy expenditures, and improving their health and safety.

Submit a Weatherization Assistance Application


Who is eligible?
The income of all members of an eligible household cannot exceed 200% of the poverty level. (Limits below.) Households may only receive weatherization services one time unless a change in technology proves cost effective enough to justify reweatherization or the house was weatherized before 1994.

New 2021 Guidelines
Size of Family Unit Maximum Family Income
1 $25,760
2 $34,840
3 $43,920
4 $53,000
5 $62,080
6 $71,160
7 $80,240
8 $89,320
For Each Additional Household Member, Add:   $9,080

Types of Weatherization Services

Each household is visited by an energy auditor who decides which conservation measures will be most effective for the home. There are nine general categories from which the auditor may choose based upon their ability to save energy.

  1. General Heat Waste: Measures that reduce air infiltration and heat loss in the home. This typically includes caulking and weatherstripping which in recent years has been guided by the use of a blower door.

  2. Attic Insulation: Insulation is installed

  3. Wall Insulation: Wall insulation is installed

  4. Floor Insulation: Floor insulation is installed in floors over unheated basements or crawlspace and in mobile home bellies.

  5. Perimeter Insulation: The insulation of the interior or exterior of the foundation depending upon existing conditions.

  6. Windows: The installation of a series of window treatments that prevent or mitigate heat loss. These include the installation of storm windows.

  7. Doors: The installation of a series of door treatments to reduce heat loss including repair and replacement.

  8. Furnace Efficiency Measures: Includes testing of heating systems for efficiency and safety purposes. Repair and/or replacement is allowed based on energy efficiency and savings to an investment ratio.

  9. Building Repair: This measure includes a variety of repairs to the house structure which are necessary to protect the integrity of eligible weatherization measures.

Each energy conservation measure must return a minimum of $1.00 in savings for every $1.00 expended in labor and material costs (also called an SIR requirement). After the job is completed and inspected by the agency, the client is asked to sign off on the work. Each agency will stand behind their work for a period of one year.

Repairs can be only be made if they support eligible weatherization measures and only if the individual measure SIR remains over one when repair costs are added in. The SIR requirement does not allow for general housing rehabilitation, cosmetic improvements to the home or low payback measures such as mobile home skirting.

For information about the program contact Bruce Hagen, Program Manager at (701) 665-4496 or Rory Hoffmann at (701) 486-3330.

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Learn more about Weatherization and Home Energy Efficiency

North Dakota State University Home Energy

Energy OutWest

DOE Energy.Gov

National Association of Community Service Providers Weatherization Homepage

Home Energy Use 101
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