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Weatherization PLUS Credits

Since the inception of Weatherization Plus, the Program has experienced transformation at every level. The flexibility of the regulations and legislation now allow program staff to leverage resources and re-shape their programs to better meet the needs of the low-income clients served. Technological capabilities have been raised across the country, allowing for better services and training techniques throughout the nation. And the resources that have come into the Program over the last several years have dramatically increased the types of services the Program can provide and the number of homes it can serve.

Following is a partial list of the activities and actions resulting from the Weatherization Plus movement:
  • Statutory changes restructured the method of computing the average cost per home, increasing the funds invested into each home served.
  • Regulations were amended to add additional priority groups (high energy burden and high energy users) and to create separate categories for health and safety expenditures and vehicle purchases.
  • Advocacy and leveraging-related activities undertaken by the national Weatherization network has resulted in an increase of $86 million per year in nonfederal funding for low-income energy efficiency.
  • Weatherization Trainers have organized to share information and raise the state of the practice for Weatherization workers.
  • The National Energy Audit Tool was revised, incorporating whole-house weatherization components into the software for use by practitioners.
  • A refrigerator replacement toolkit was developed and distributed nationally to assist agencies in assessing whether appliance replacement (on a case by case basis) would be cost-effective.
  • Trainers and energy professionals were brought into the "Hot Climate Initiative" to support the incorporation of more advanced techniques and technologies, including electric base load measures, to help the hot climate states achieve higher energy savings per household, and to leverage additional funds to reach more households.
  • "Best Practices" studies were funded to establish baseline goals for zonal pressure diagnostics, testing cookstoves for carbon monoxide emissions, building tightness limits, duct testing, worst case draft testing, and train-the-trainer curriculum.

Representatives from the network, led by our Association partner NASCSP, developed a Weatherization Public Information Campaign to spread the message about the work being accomplished across the nation for the low-income families served. This effort included the launching and annual celebration of Weatherization Day on October 30.