Weatherization program works year-round

The Virginia Weatherization Program is a state-funded service, which helps residents with limited incomes lower their fuel and electric expenses by “weatherizing” a house, lowering utility bills and making homes safer. If you qualify, the year-round weatherization service is free to homeowners and home renters.

Qualified residents include low-income residents young or old, as well as renters or owners.
Income levels were raised last year, meaning more people are eligible now than at any time during the 20 years the program has been available.

Single family homes, mobile homes and townhouses are all eligible for the weatherization process; apartments or condominiums are not.

It starts with a phone call to Connie England, outreach coordinator for community housing partners (CHP). She’ll complete a short application over the phone — or come to your home if you need help with the application. She’ll also answer any questions you may have about weatherization.

There is a wait list, but the service is well worth the wait. Weatherization prepares your home for years to come, not just the current season.

A specially trained weatherization team will contact you, and arrange to: Perform diagnostic tests to evaluate areas of heat loss, including repairing doors and windows; inspect attic and wall insulation, installing more where needed; perform indoor air quality checks and install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors; inspect heating equipment and insulate hot water heaters and pipes.

To learn more, and to see if you qualify, contact Connie England, outreach coordinator of the Virginia Weatherization Program, at 540-636-8079 or cengland@centurylink.net.

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