The Weatherization Program provides assistance to low-income residents of Johnson County in making their homes more comfortable, safe and energy efficient.
Johnson County Housing services will no longer be administering the Weatherization program. The new agency that began administering this program effective May 9, 2016 is Eastern Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN). ECKAN will be providing weatherization services for the Johnson County, KS area.
For an application please go to http://eckan.org/weatherization.html.
What is the Weatherization Program?
Simply put, weatherization improves heating efficiency and fuel savings by ensuring your home holds in heat and air conditioning, while keeping hot and cold air out. At NO CHARGE to the client income eligible families receive a comprehensive home assessment which may include repair or replacement of heating systems, insulation and caulking. The Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation’s LARGEST residential energy efficiency program and is funded through the Department of Energy and Low Income Energy Assistance Program Funds.
Who is eligible?
The Weatherization Program provides assistance to low-income residences of Johnson County who own or rent a residence and pay some portion of their utility bills. Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal low income guidelines. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or utility assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), the household is automatically considered eligible for weatherization services
What kinds of services are provided?
- Perform efficiency tests
- Check/correct safety problems
- Clean furnace, replace filter
- Seal duct work
- Repair or replace unsafe equipment
- Major benefit: Safe, efficient furnace operation
Air leakage sealing:
- Locate air leaks in your house with test equipment
- Seal the most serious leaks
- Assure a safe level of air movement
- Major benefit: Reduce utility bills
Attic and wall insulation:
- Determine insulation levels in your home
- Add attic insulation up to R-30
- Install insulation in walls
- Major benefit: Reduce heat loss through ceilings and walls
Did you Know?
• Low-income families pay an average of 18-percent of their annual income for energy, compared with five-percent for other households.
• Weatherization services save customers an average of $358 annually.
Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, administered through the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing.