Local Weatherization Initiatives Cut Down Energy Costs and Promote Community Health

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The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is an energy conservation initiative that helps lower energy costs for income eligible households through various energy efficiency means. Not only does weatherization reduce the heating and cooling bills, but the program also addresses health and safety issues for household occupants. There are numerous benefits to weatherizing your home, mainly financial, and community health. 

“Household energy-use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, an average annual savings in excess of 20%.” [i]

Not only does weatherization keep money in your pocket through energy conservation, but it also increases comfort, keeping the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It also improves safety and health standards through safety evaluations, including carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and more.

For the community, weatherization also preserves housing and provides an additional source for jobs.

Weatherization includes the following services:

  • Sealing of cracks and holes to reduce heat loss.
  • Insulation of attics and walls.
  • Heating system repairs or replacement.
  • Providing efficient lighting and refrigeration.
  • Window and/or outside door repair or replacement.
  • Minor repairs which are needed to ensure maximum efficiency of weatherization services performed.
  • Mitigation of energy – related health and safety issues.

The weatherization program is a four step process:

  1. Submitting an application to determine eligibility.
  2. An energy audit to customize and identify individual needs.
  3. The actual weatherization process
  4. Follow up inspection to make sure the work is completed.

The weatherization work is done through the NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) network of local licensed service providers and contractors. A list of weatherization service providers in Northern Manhattan is listed below.

Eligibility for the program is based on household income relative to federal low income guidelines. Households with members who receive government benefits such as Food Stamps, Supplemental security income (SSI) or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits are automatically eligible for weatherization services.  Applications are accepted from renters, homeowners, and rental property managers, from both single-family and multifamily buildings.

All services are provided without cost to home occupants. Property managers may need to contribute some funding for the weatherization services, depending on the needs of the property.

To ensure the highest quality of service, providers go through a vigorous screening process.  Service providers include community based not for profit organizations, community action groups, and local government departments.  All materials used for the process must meet state and government standards, and all providers are trained in quality control and material use.

Contact one of the weatherization service providers below to get started today!

Weatherization Assistance Providers:

Housing Conservation Coordinators, (212) 541-5996
Harlem Community Development Corp., (212) 961-4100
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.(N.M.I.C.), (212) 822-8340

Energy Efficiency Assistance Providers:

New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)EmPOWER Program
(800) 263-0960

Community League of the Heights – (C.L.O.T.H.) Consolidated Edison Energy Share Program-
(212)795-4779

Civic Association Serving Harlem – (C.A.S.H.)-NYSERDA EmPOWER Program
(212)864-5850 or (212)234-0110

Asian Americans for Equality- (A.A.F.E.)-NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program Partner
(212)-979-8381 Ext.113


[i] “Weatherization Assistance Program.” NYS Home and Community Renewal. N.p., 09 Jan 2014. Web. 5 Feb 2014. <http://www.nyshcr.org/programs/weatherizationassistance/&gt;.

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