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Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program. Purpose:. To make the homes of low-income clients more energy efficient To reduce the clients’ fuel bills and increase their comfort

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Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program


  • To make the homes of low-income clients more energy efficient

  • To reduce the clients’ fuel bills and increase their comfort

  • To improve the health and safety of low-income homes identifying and mitigating health and safety problems such as carbon monoxide, combustion appliance back- drafting, and high indoor moisture levels

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Program Eligibility

Program is operated in all 99 counties by local Community Action Agencies. A household may be eligible if:

  • The household’s annual income is at or below 200% of the poverty level -

    $20,800 for a family of 1

    $42,400 for a family of 4

  • The household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance, regardless of income

  • A qualified renter has landlord approval

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Heath and Safety Inspection

  • Test combustion appliances for carbon monoxide

  • Check the heat rise and fan “on” and fan “off” temperatures on the furnace

  • Check condition of the furnace heat exchanger

  • Test all combustion appliances for spillage and drafting

  • Take baseline pressure readings

  • Check all gas lines for leaks

  • Check for friable asbestos

  • Check for potential moisture problems

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Energy Efficiency Measures

Typical energy efficiency measures include:

  • Attic, wall, and floor/crawlspace insulation

  • Infiltration reduction (air leakage sealing)

  • Heating system replacement/ tune and clean

  • Water heater wraps & water pipe insulation

  • Refrigerator and freezer replacement

  • Low-flow shower heads & faucet aerators

  • Compact fluorescent light bulb installation

    The energy efficiency work is either done by employees of

    the local agencies or by private contractors.

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Statistics & Demographics

  • Average annual program funding $15 million

    (DOE, Energy Assistance, Utility)

  • ARRA DOE funding (includes production, $80 million

    administrative and training costs)

  • Est. number of homes weatherized w/ ARRA: 7,200-9,000

  • Average annual savings per home, 2007: $394

  • Average cost per home: $7,100

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For More Information

Contact your local

Community Action Agency

or visit our website