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Weatherization Assistance Program

The goal of weatherization is to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.


weatherization works logoThe South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program

The mission of the South Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and households with children age 17 and under, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.”

Trained inspectors and crews with state-of-the-art equipment aim to reduce the cost of energy for low-income families.  Households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level that have not received weatherization assistance  after September 30, 1994, are eligible for weatherization services. If you have received weatherization services after September 30, 1994, the unit is not eligible for additional weatherization services. Dwellings weatherized on or before September 30, 1994, are eligible to be reweatherized.

Our Agency Provides Weatherization Services In The Following Counties

 

  • Aiken
  • Allendale
  • Bamberg
  • Barnwell
  • Calhoun
  • Greenville
  • Lexington
  • Orangeburg
  • Richland

 

What the Weatherization Program Does Not Do

  • Educates clients in safety and energy efficiency
  • Evaluates single family dwellings and mobile homes for safety and energy efficiency
  • Insulates homes as needed
  • Makes minor repairs to homes for health and safety reasons (windows, doors, ceilings, roofs, ventilation, etc.)
  • Installs smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Testing for gas leaks, carbon monoxide and other health and safety issues
  • Check combustible appliances such as stoves, furnaces and water heaters
  • Use the latest technological equipment to determine cost effective methods to make customers’ homes safer and energy efficient

What the Weatherization Program Does Not Do

  • Rehabilitate homes
  • Just replace doors
  • Just replace windows
  • Just replace heating/cooling units
  • Makes major home repairs such as new roofs, new floors, plumbing, electric work
  • Build additions
  • Lead based paint and asbestos abatement

Note:  Minor repairs are secondary measures and are not done unless regular weatherization work is needed.  The Weatherization Program is an Energy Conservation Program which emphasizes the client’s health and safety.

Weatherization of the Home of Bill Taylor’s Constituent

Weatherization in progress

How to Apply for Weatherization Assistance

Contact the Aiken/Barnwell Counties Community Action Agency toll-free at 855-992-4536 (WXAIKEN) or 803-648-6836 extension 236, email myra.wxaiken@gmail.com or download the application here.

 

 

 

 

When you apply for Weatherization services, the following items are required:

  • Social Security numbers for all household occupants
  • Monthly income verification for all household occupants above the age of 17
  • Most recent energy bill or print out from utility company
  • Proof of ownership or landlord agreement of property to be weatherized

Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the WAP, your income for the last thirty days cannot exceed $1,980 for one person living in the household.  For each additional member in the household add $690.  See chart below.

  Family
Size
Monthly
Income
Guideline
Annual
Income
Guideline
1 $2,023 $24,280
2 $2,743 $32,920
3 $3,463 $41,560
4 $4,183 $50,200
5 $4,903 $58,840
6 $5,623 $67,480
For each addtl. person, add $720 $8,640

Weatherization Tips

  • Install storm windows, or add caulking or sealant to existing windows to reduce the infiltration of cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer
  • Close drapes or blinds and lock windows to ensure a tight seal
  • Weatherstrip the perimeter of exterior doors
  • Set water heater to 120 degrees and add an insulation blanket to the unit
  • Install Compact Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs
  • Remove furniture and carpeting from heater vents to ensure proper circulation
  • Add insulation to water pipes
  • Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators
  • Use conservation showerheads to eliminate hot water waste
  • Install dampers in chimneys
  • Replace filters in heating and cooling systems on a monthly basis