Home Weatherization Assistance for Eligible Households
A Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is available for Ashtabula, Lake, and Geauga Counties residents.
The program provides eligible people in Ohio with assistance to enhance energy efficiency in their homes to help reduce the costs of energy use.
A home inspection is needed to qualify. This inspection identifies what services are needed to enhance your home’s energy efficiency.
In Ohio, if your household income is at or below 200 percent of the poverty guidelines established by the federal government, then you are eligible for the HWAP.
Depending on the size of the household, 12-month gross income must be at or below the amounts listed:
- $23,760 for one person
- $32,040 for two people
- $40,302 for three people
- $48,600 for four people
- $56,880 for five people
- $65,160 for six people
- $73,460 for seven people
- $81,780 for eight people
People in Ohio are given priority, such as those older than 60, those with children in the home, have disabilities, and homes with a high energy burden or usage.
All families who have received assistance during the past twelve months are automatically eligible for weatherization assistance. Assistance under Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) (does not include Emergency HEAP) are included
The Department of Energy has now allowed single-family rentals to be weatherized without a contribution from the landlord. This is to help reduce energy consumption and cost for the tenants. The tenant must be income eligible, and the utilities must be in their name to qualify.
There is no cost for the program; the applicant must be income eligible. An Energy Assistance Application must be submitted to apply for services. An intake specialist can assist in completing the application.
To apply, complete the Energy Assistance Application, download an application at energyhelp.ohio.gov, or pick up an application at a local library, local Job and Family Services Office, Area Agencies on Aging, or local utility office.
- A copy of the Energy Assistance Application
- Photo ID
- All household members listed, with birth dates and social security numbers
- Proof of income for everyone in the household older than 18 years old for the last 12 months
- Copies of most recent utility bills
- Proof of citizenship or legal residence for all household members
Participants in the program receive a home energy inspection to determine the most cost-effective energy efficiency improvements for the home. After the inspection, a plan for improving the home’s energy efficiency is drafted.
The plan may include the following:
- A safety inspection, tune-up/repair, or replace heating units
- A safety inspection, tune-up/repair, or replace the hot water tank
- Installation of smoke/C.O. detectors
- Insulation of attics
- Insulation of side walls
- Insulation of heating ducts
- Insulation of floors
- Insulation of water tank
- Reduction of air leakage from significant sources
- Personalized energy management plan
If disconnection of service would be especially dangerous to health or make the operation of necessary medical or life-supporting equipment impossible or impractical. In that case, you may apply for Medical Certification, which will allow you to avoid disconnection for 30 days. Certification may be renewed two additional times. However, the total certification period is to be at most ninety days per household in any rolling 12-month period.
Customers also receive information on ways to manage their day-to-day energy use.
Installed Services works with homeowners throughout Lake County, including Mentor, Eastlake, Willoughby, Willowick, Painesville, Wickliffe and beyond. Contact us today to get your home ready for winter weather.