Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program provides free home energy upgrades to income-eligible homeowners and renters to help save energy and make sure your home is a healthy and safe place to live.
Weatherization works closely with its companion program, the Energy Assistance Program, to help permanently reduce the energy bills for low-income Minnesotans.
If your household qualifies, an energy auditor may evaluate your home to determine if weatherization is needed. The auditor would look for opportunities to make your home more energy efficient by sealing air leaks, adding insulation and checking if the furnace is working properly.
If you qualify, a local Weatherization service provider may conduct a free home energy assessment to determine if cost-effective energy efficiency improvements can be completed in your home. Weatherization services could help decrease your annual energy costs by up to 30 percent.
Potential energy upgrades include:
Exterior wall and attic insulation
Air leakage reduction
Furnace, boiler, and water heater repair or replacement
Ideas to help you reduce your home’s energy use, such as using a programmable thermostat
Minnesota residents can also obtain an application or receive assistance with finding your local service provider by contacting the Commerce Energy Information line at 1-800-657-3710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to complete a joint application for Energy Assistance/Weatherization Assistance and mail it to your local service provider.
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2016 Income Guidelines for Weatherization Assistance Program
If your household income meets the guidelines listed below, you may qualify for weatherization services.
*Based on 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines effective February 10, 2016. Income limits will be updated February 2017.
**For each additional household member add $8,320 to annual income and $2,080 to three-month income.
The Weatherization Assistance Program uses the past three months of household income to determine eligibility. Households that have received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) within the last 12 months are eligible. Priority is given to households with elderly or disabled members, households with children under age 18, and households determined to be high energy consumers.