Small home improvements can make a big difference for Austin Energy customers on a tight budget. Austin Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, can help qualifying residents make improvements that can save energy and increase comfort.
Weatherization Improvements to Improve Comfort
The weatherization improvements available depend on funding and availability, and typically include:
Minor duct repair and replacement
Sealing of the home envelope (border between indoor and outdoor air)
Weather stripping on doors
Window air conditioner replacement (for qualifying customers)
Carbon monoxide detector
Water conservation improvements, such as faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads
Am I Eligible?
There are several prerequisites to qualify for this program:
You must be an Austin Energy customer.
You must meet the income requirement of 200% or less of the United States Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines (pdf) for your household for the current year or previous tax year.
Other Requirements Include:
You must live in the house you want weatherized.
You must live in a single-family home, duplex, triplex or a building with no more than four residential units. Mobile homes are not eligible for weatherization.
Your home’s appraised value must be less than $250,000 (excluding land value).
Your home must be 2,000 square feet or smaller.
Your home must be greater than 10 years old.
You must provide income and disability documentation for everyone 18 years old and older in the home.
The home must have not received comprehensive weatherization measures with an Austin Energy program within the last 10 years.
Both owners and renters can apply.
If you rent, you must provide a copy of your lease/rental agreement.
You must have lived in your rental home for at least three months.
Your landlord must sign an Austin Energy Rental Release form.
Full requirements can be found on Austin Energy’s site.
Home Energy Assessment to Determine Next Steps
To find out if your household qualifies for the Weatherization Assistance Program, the first step is to fill out and submit an application. Once your application is reviewed and approved, 1st Choice Energy will assess your home’s unique requirements for improvements using a home energy audit.