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Weatherization
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) serves eligible households in Cheshire and Sullivan counties and is designed to help reduce heating and other energy costs for income-eligible households, thereby providing warmer and safer homes for these families.

Eligibility Requirements
To apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program, a family must first be found income-eligible for the Fuel Assistance Program. At that point, eligibility is determined by gross household income and vulnerability to heating costs. Priority is given to the elderly, to the handicapped, and to households with small children.
 
What to Expect
Once a family becomes involved in the program, an Energy Home Assessment is performed by a New Hampshire Weatherization Assistance Program (NH WAP) certified energy auditor ( please note: if you are a renter, SCS must first have landlord approval). The results of the assessment will determine what energy improvements and what health and safety measures are needed. Such measures may include attic, wall, and floor insulation; air sealing materials to stop air infiltration, such as caulking, weather-stripping, door sweeps, and glass replacement; installation of appropriate ventilation; tuning and cleaning heating systems and appliances; and lighting and hot water improvements. (Assistance for a furnace replacement is based on the availability of funds.)

The energy auditor will then write up a job performance work order and assign the work to a trained sub-contractor. (Please note that job priority is dependent upon several factors and that these factors will have an impact upon the time frames for which various jobs are scheduled and completed.) After each job is completed, it is inspected and is tested once again by the energy auditor for final results.
Throughout this process, the energy auditor works closely with the family, discussing what work will be done on the home, what results hope to be achieved, and how they can continue saving energy by including energy conservation actions in their lifestyles.

Other Information
The Weatherization Assistance Program operates on federal grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Health and Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The Weatherization Assistance Program aims for three goals:
  • To reduce a family’s energy cost by 19-22%
  • To improve a family’s living conditions
  • To provide the family a warmer, safer, and more comfortable home
At the present time, there is a waiting list of 1500 households in Cheshire and Sullivan counties. On the average, the Weatherization Assistance Program is able to complete about 75 to 100 homes per year.
 
Home energy Assistance (HEA) Program
Similar to the Weatherization Program (which is federally funded) the Home Energy Assistance (HEA) Program can also assist with installing energy-saving measures in a home. The HEA Program is funded by the utilities.

Under this program, home improvements such as insulation, air sealing, thermostat replacement, hot water conservation measures, and cost-effective appliance and lighting upgrades.

HEA is available to income-eligible customers and is designed to help manage energy use and reduce electric bills
SCS has a definite impact on the economy of the communities served in both counties. To learn more about how SCS affects your community, we invite you to review the SCS Economic Impact Report of the most current year, and to review the economic impact on your specific town.

Our funding base is diverse, ranging from federal to state and local governments, as well as private foundations and corporations.

SCS is a United Way partner agency of the Monadnock United Way.
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Claremont, NH 03743
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