Weatherization and Conservation Programs
Free Weatherization and Energy Conservation Services
Weatherization and Energy Conservation Programs deliver weatherization and energy savings services to approximately 660 households each year. The programs include Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP) and the Applicance Management Program (AMP). The goal of these programs is to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and insuring their health and safety.
Weatherization and energy conservation produce important benefits for communities nationwide.
- Prioritizes services for the elderly, disabled and families with children.
- Creates jobs for energy professionals and private contractors.
- Educates consumers about energy efficiency practices.
- Decreases energy demand, thereby reducing power plant emissions.
- Creates an empowered community.
- Reduces the nation’s dependence on imported oil.
Community Teamwork partners with the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Energy, NSTAR, National Grid, and other nonprofit agencies to deliver more energy efficiency services to low-income households.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Services
- Our Weatherization technicians use energy audits to determine which energy efficiency measures are most appropriate and cost-effective for each home. This can result in the addition of $4,500 to $7,500 worth of energy upgrades, depending on availability and area.
- Typical measures include installing insulation, reducing air infiltration, performing tune-ups and repairs to heating and cooling systems, replacing appliances to improve efficiency and safety (see AMP below), and replacing incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Weatherization crews also address energy-related health and safety conditions, particularly carbon monoxide and combustion safety.
- Households must not have been previously weatherized through this program.
- Tenants that occupy 1-4 family unit buildings and those living in mobile homes may be eligible if they are receiving the utility discount rate or fuel assistance and pay their own heating utility bills. (Condominium projects with more than four units in the project are not eligible for this program.)
- The entire building can be weatherized as long as more than 50% of the units are eligible.
- The landlord must sign a landlord agreement that states they will not raise the rent for a period of one year after the date of completion and will not evict the tenant during that period except for “good cause”. The landlord must be current on property taxes, excise taxes, and water and sewer bills or the town/city will not issue a permit for weatherization.
Heating System Weatherization Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP) Services
HEARTWAP (Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program) is funded through the fuel assistance budget issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
- HEARTWAP provides heating system repair and replacement services to low-income households.
- Community Teamwork contracts with heating system service companies to complete the work for eligible households.
HEARTWAP Eligibility and Requirements:
- HEARTWAP services are delivered to single-family homes, 1-4 unit multi-family dwellings, mobile homes and some multi-family building depending on funding source requirements.
- To be eligible for HEARTWAP services you must be eligible for fuel assistance or be receiving a utility discount rate.
- Repairs cannot be completed on tenant occupied units where the landlord is obligated to make the necessary repairs, unless both the tenant and landlord are eligible for fuel assistance.
- Partial replacement costs may be covered for eligible renters but must be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine eligibility and funding source availability.
Appliance Management Program (AMP) Services
Community Teamwork partners with Action Inc., ABCD, Inc., NSTAR, and National Grid to deliver Appliance Management services.
- In an attempt to reduce your electric consumption, Community Teamwork may replace for free your refrigerator, freezer, and window A/C unit with a new “Energy Star” certified appliance, made possible with National Grid and NSTAR funding, provided your appliance qualifies based on energy consumption.
- Tenants occupying 1-4 family buildings may be eligible for Appliance Management services as long as they are receiving the utility discount rate or eligible for fuel assistance and pay their own heating utility bills (condominium projects with more than four units in the project are not eligible for this program).