Having qualified a few years ago for the state’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) to help pay his heating bills, Juan also qualified for EAP’s companion program, Weatherization Assistance. A complete energy audit was conducted of his home and several energy upgrades were recommended. In late fall of 2016, Juan’s home received a complete energy overhaul—including a new furnace and water heater, attic air sealing and insulation, a programmable thermostat, and much more.
“I am tremendously grateful for all the work on my home,” said Juan. “Before the energy improvements, my home was cold and drafty. But now it is much more comfortable and safe, and I’m saving over $20 a month on my heating bills.”
For 42 years, the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce in partnership with 24 local service providers, has been providing life-changing services to thousands of Minnesotans who simply can’t afford to make major home energy improvements. The program serves financially strapped residents like Juan who struggle with high energy bills. It gives priority to the elderly, disabled, families with children, and those with the highest energy bills.
Juan was a perfect candidate for weatherization. The energy audit performed on his home by SRC’s Gary Simonson revealed significant air leaks, poor insulation, and an aging and inefficient furnace, water heater and refrigerator: all key contributors to high energy bills. Safety issues such as a cracked heat exchanger and gas leaks were detected. Simonson authorized various weatherization services, repairs, and replacements, including:
- A new 96% efficient furnace
- A new high efficiency, power-vented water heater
- Attic air sealing and R19 cellulose insulation
- Air sealing around the rim joists
- Exhaust fan
- Pipe insulation
- Programmable thermostat
- New carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms
- New refrigerator
- LED lights
All the improvements made for a tighter, safer, and more efficient home. Simonson estimates energy savings of about 25%.