Weatherization

“I think the home is the very heart of everyone’s success…you need a place to feel safe, you need a place to go back to at the end of the day when you’re done doing what you do in the world.”

— Josh Olsen, Screenwriter

Weatherization was born after the oil crisis of 1973, unemployment was high as well as the cost for energy. Energy conservation measures were created and soon became the top priority for the nation. In 1976, Congress passed the Energy Conservation Policy Act which lead to weatherization programs that most still know today.

Our program works throughout Marion & Polk Counties helping residents who meet the eligibility requirements reduce their heating costs while improving the efficiency, safety, comfort and durability of their home.

Average waiting periods vary depending on funding available and priority criteria, please take a look at our Brochure below.

Weatherization Brochure, (English) (Spanish)

Possible Services

Energy Audit: This is an assessment that will be performed to determine the weatherization needs of your home.

Insulation: Depending on the existing R-values and accessibility, insulation may be added to attics, floors, walls and duct systems to improve overall energy efficiency of your home.

Air Sealing: Minimizes excessive drafts by caulking interior molding/trim, sealing around plumbing/drain pipes protruding through floors/walls and weather-stripping doors.

Ventilation: Adding proper ventilation can help create a healthier living environment and reduce moisture levels in a home. Furnaces with ducts and all gas appliances need proper ventilation in a home to work more efficiently.

Base-load Analysis & Reduction:  LED light bulbs may be installed to minimize lighting costs.  Watt usage tests may be performed on refrigerators to determine if replacement is possible, according to set guidelines.

Limitations:  In some cases, we may not be able to provide some services because of structural deficiencies. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the weatherization assistance program, a household’s income must be at or
below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (see table below). These income levels are based on
household income and household size.

200% of Federal Poverty Level by Household Size
For Use in DOE Program Year 2019
(Effective July 1, 2019)
Poverty Income Guidelines – Source: USDOE

Size of
Family Unit
 
Annual Income
200% of Federal Poverty
 
Monthly Income
200% of Federal Poverty
 
1
$24,980
$2,081.66
2
$33,820
$2,818.33
3
$42,660
$3,555
4
$51,500
$4,291.66
5
$60,340
$5,028.33
6
$69,180
$5,765
7
$78,020
$6,501.66
8
$86,860
$7,238.33
9
$95,700
$7,975
10
$104,540
$8,711.66
11
$113,380
$9,448.33
12
$122,220
$10,185
each additional member
$8,840
$736.66

Tips to Reduce Energy Burden

Heating and Cooling

  • Change or wash your furnace filter regularly
  • Use furnace filter whistle
  • Keep registers clear
  • Set daytime heating temperatures to 68 degrees
  • Turn down heat 5 – 10 degrees at night or when away from the house
  • Eliminate drafts by weather stripping and caulking doors and windows

Water Heating

  • Use low flow shower heads and faucet aerators
  • Set water heater to 120 degrees
  • Turn off water heater if gone for more than two days
  • Fix leaks immediately
  • Do not leave water running while shaving/brushing
  • Use shower timer to reduce shower time to 5 minutes or less

Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Refrigerators should be kept between 36-40 degrees
  • Freezers should be kept between 0 – 5 degrees
  • Clean refrigerator/freezer coils with coil cleaning brush

Washer/Dryer and other appliances

  • Use coil cleaning brush to clear dryer vent pipe of lint
  • Clean lint filter after every dryer load
  • Use cold water to wash clothes
  • When using a stove top to cook, match the pan to the burner size
  • Use smaller watt appliances other than stove/oven

Lighting

  • Use LED or CFL light bulbs to save 50-80% on lighting cost compared to incandescent lights
  • Use lowest wattage necessary
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room

Electronics

  • Electronics that are turned off may still continue to use power, these are called phantom loads of electricity
  • Items using phantom loads have remotes, lights, clocks and chargers
  • Unplug convenient electronics and plug others into a power strip
  • Set computers to sleep or hibernate instead of letting them idle

Contact Us

2551 Pringle Rd SE
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: (503) 315-7055
Fax: 1-866-377-5456

Hours:
(By appointment only)

Monday – Thursday
7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed on Fridays

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