Energy & Weatherization
The goal of our Weatherization Program is to improve the quality of life for our clients by reducing their energy and budget burdens, allowing them to become more self-sufficient. Last year we improved the health and safety of more than 104 homes and provided basic services to an additional 71 homes. Interested in a flow chart visualization of the Weatherization process? Please click HERE.
The Weatherization Program delivered by the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties receives its funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce. It includes federal funds from the Bonneville Power Association, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the state-funded Washington State Weatherization Plus Health Program. Additional funding comes through partnerships with local utilities, such as Puget Sound Energy (PSE), AVISTA, and KPUD, and other contributions so that these services may be delivered to you free of charge.
Affordable housing is defined as a home that takes no more than 30% of the household’s income for rent or mortgage and utilities. Many low-income families in Washington pay more than 25 % of their income for energy costs alone. Weatherization programs exist to help low-income households reduce home energy consumption while increasing the health, safety, comfort, and longevity of their homes.
Services We Provide
Weatherization is the application of energy efficiency measures to a home. These may include:
- Air sealing measures
- Weather-stripping and caulking
- Insulation measures to ceiling, wall, and floor areas
- Related repair measures
- Health and Safety Issues
- Indoor air quality
- Heating system repairs
Each home is unique to what it needs. A trained energy assessor/inspector will visit your home to determine exactly what work your home may need. Measures are installed according to established technical specifications, cost effectiveness tests, and applicable building codes using CAC crews and specialty contractors.
*Note that general window replacement is not a priority measure and may not qualify under the program.
To qualify, the gross income received by all household members must be at or below 60% state or 200% of the current federally established poverty guidelines—whichever is greater. Income documentation and evaluation is required to determine actual eligibility. The homeowner will be required to sign all authorization forms if determined eligible for assistance.
Homes that are severely deteriorated and require extensive repairs may be ruled “beyond the scope of the program” and, therefore, ineligible for weatherization and minor home repair service.
United States Department of Agriculture: www.rd.usda.gov/
Housing Authority of Thurston County: www.hatc.org
*Information on how to become a weatherization contractor for CACLMT: Weatherization ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 2020.
Pleaseclick herefor more information regarding Grants supporting our Weatherization Program.
Further income documentation testing is required to determine actual eligibility. Guidelines are revised annually. If your household appears close to qualifying, please contact CAC at (360) 438-1100 to speak to a CAC representative.To qualify for weatherization services, the gross income received by all household members must be at or below 200% of the federally-established poverty guidelines or 60% of State median income. Priority will be given to the households with income at or below the 125% level.