Weatherization

State Funded Weatherization

     Standard Weatherization – The Armstrong County Community Action Agency (ACCAA) performs a number of measures on Armstrong County homes in order to reduce the client’s heat loss and save them money.  The applicant is the client who is living in the home.  We can weatherize homes of owners and renters.  Eligibility for the program is based entirely upon the income of the applicant, who must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  In order to weatherize a home, it must be dry and free of standing water, mold, or mildew.  The home must be free of health and safety issues such as structural damage, animal feces, vermin infestation, excessive hoarding, and broken or open sewers.  If any of the above problems are apparent, and/or if the furnace is in need of replacement, the home will be deferred until the problems are resolved.  Furnace repairs can be performed, but if a replacement is necessary, no Weatherization Program funds under this component may be used to replace the unit.  A complete energy audit is performed on each home as well as an in home energy education session with the client.  The audit may include a walk-through evaluation, furnace testing and evaluation, blower door infiltration testing, combustion appliance zone testing, refrigerator testing, etc…  The following measures may be performed on a home depending upon the need:  air infiltration measures, attic insulation and ventilation, wall and/or floor insulation, pipe wrap, incidental repairs, and electric baseload measures.  There is no charge for Weatherization services to the eligible client.

     Crisis WeatherizationThe Armstrong County Community Action Agency works in conjunction with our local County Assistance Office on the emergency repair or replacement of heating units under the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Clients who are experiencing an emergency due to a heating unit failure may apply at the County Assistance Office.  No applications can be taken at the offices of the ACCAA.  Eligibility guidelines vary from year to year, but for the 2013-14 heating season they are at 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  No furnace can be replaced if there is none existing or if the home was purchased without a heating unit.  Although renters may apply, it is worth noting that under the Landlord/ Tenant Act in Pennsylvania, landlords are required to provide a source of heat for their tenants.  Only heating emergencies with the primary heating unit is eligible to be repaired.  There is no charge to the client for these services 

Utility Funded Weatherization

     West Penn Power Weatherization – The Armstrong County Community Action Agency has a contract with First Energy to provide weatherization services to eligible clients of Armstrong County who are in the West Penn Power service territory.  The WARM program is FirstEnergy’s Low-Income Usage Reduction Program (LIURP).  Clients must apply for the program through West Penn Power and not at the ACCAA.  Eligibility is based upon the following: 

1.  Customers must be living in the FirstEnergy service territory with an electric account in their name.

2.  Customers must have a minimum annual usage of 7,200 kWh

3.  Customers income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty guidelines or have been served under the WARM Plus Act 129 Program at or below 150% Poverty.

     All customers who meet program income guidelines are eligible to participate .  Both homeowners and renters may receive services.  Landlords must sign to have the work done.  Homes served previously are not eligible for service again unless 7 years has elapsed and annual usage is over 12,000 kwh.

     The measures performed depend upon whether the home is heated by electric, has electric hot water, or is a base load customer only.  Measures also depend upon the amount of seasonal electric usage in the customer’s home.  Cooling and heating measures can be performed depending upon electric usage.   Many of the same measures done under the State Weatherization description can also be done using utility funding.  There is no charge to the client for these services.