Weatherization & Furnace Programs
In Wisconsin, the Home Energy Plus Programs include:
- The Weatherization Assistance Program
- The Furnace Program
- The Energy Assistance Program
These programs are all offered statewide and are funded by the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s, Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources (DEHCR). Project Home is the agency that operates the Weatherization and Furnace Programs in Dane and Green Counties.
The Weatherization Program looks to reduce the energy usage of a home in order to lower the utility bills of the household while making the home safer, more comfortable, and function better as a whole system.
The program is offered to qualifying homeowners and renters at no cost to the occupants (rental property owners may need to contribute 15% of the job costs, if they don’t qualify for the program).
Weatherization work may include:
- Air sealing and insualting attics
- Insulating exterior walls
- Reducing air leakage
- Repairing or replacing inefficient furnaces
- Replacing inefficient refrigerators or freezers
See this article, from the WSJ, to learn more about the first step to Weatherization work on your home -- an energy audit.
The Furnace Program helps qualifying homeowners facing no heat situations. If you qualify for Energy Assistance and your furnace has stopped working, you should contact your energy assistance provider (Energy Services in Dane Co or Green County Human Services) and they will alert Project Home to send out a certified HVAC contractor to repair or possibly replace your heating system. As with the weatherization program, this service is offered at no cost to qualifying households.
Do I Qualify for these Programs?