The Redevelopment Authority’s Weatherization Program provides energy efficiency improvements to low-income households, often reducing both energy consumption and energy costs by as much as 23%. The Authority’s in-house Weatherization staff performs these energy efficiency improvements.
Energy cost reduction assistance begins when a Weatherization Auditor conducts an energy audit and basic furnace safety check. This audit provides Installation Technicians with the information needed to determine which energy efficiency measures should be performed on each dwelling. Some conservation measures consist of insulating and ventilating the attic or other unheated areas, insulating water heaters, insulating waterlines in unheated areas, replacing broken glass, and weather-stripping doors. Technicians also use a blower door to find and reduce outside air infiltration and heat loss. If needed, a heating contractor will clean and tune-up a furnace, perform a follow-up safety inspection, or make repairs to heating systems.
With funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program, and various local utility companies, the Authority’s Weatherization Program has assisted over 9,000 households throughout Fayette County. As with many other programs administered by the Authority, while the LIHEAP and DOE funding are Federal resources, they are provided to the County through Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
Households receiving assistance must be income qualified, making less than 200% of the area's poverty rate. For additional information, please look at the Weatherization Fact Sheet and our Weatherization Brochure.