The Southwest Arkansas Development Council’s Weatherization Program, funded by the Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is committed to making homes more energy efficient and educating homeowners on energy saving techniques. Approval for this program is based on total household income and provided that the home structure qualifies. Households can receive a variety of services, including, but not limited to: attic and wall insulation, weather-stripping or replacement of doors and windows, installation of energy saving light bulbs, and caulking and sealing of holes and cracks. Our agency services 7 counties in Southwest Arkansas: Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, and Sevier.
Texarkana Rehabilitation Project
We are also currently running the Texarkana Rehabilitation Project in conjunction with our weatherization program. This project, sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and Bank of the Ozarks is subject to funds availability, but allows us to rehabilitate homes that cannot be weatherized due to the condition of the home.
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About The Arkansas Weatherization Program (AWP)
The AWP was developed to help reduce energy usage in homes that are severely energy inefficient. The program helps customers of participating utilities find ways to reduce energy usage every day. The AWP is available to customers, regardless of income or type of home, who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The utilities participating in the AWP include:
- Entergy Arkansas
- Empire Electric
- Southwestern Electric Power Company
- Oklahoma Gas & Electric
- CenterPoint Energy
- Arkansas Western Gas
- Arkansas Oklahoma Gas
How to Qualify for AWP
Services are provided by the community action weatherization network in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Community Services and the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association. Persons with severely energy-inefficient homes may apply. The homes must be:
PLEASE NOTE: Homes built since 1997 do not qualify for the program.
Qualifying Criteria for Your Home
- Built prior to 1997
- Meet 3 of the 7 criteria listed in the next section
If your home was built prior to 1997, three of the following criteria must be met before your home is eligible for assistance from the AWP:
- Attic insulation equal to or less than R-30
- Wall insulation equal to R-0
- Floor insulation equal to R-0
- Single pane windows with no storm windows attached
- Heating system non-working or less than 70 percent efficient
- Cooling system non-working or with SEER of 8 or less
- Air infiltration problems identified through:
a. Visual inspection of ductwork, walls, floors, ceilings, door, and windows
b. Pre-blower door test resulting in:
i. Greater than 2,200 CFM at 50 pa (for households of 5 persons or less)
ii. Greater than 2,700 CFN at 50 pa (for households of more than 5 persons)
Pre and Post carbon monoxide (CO) readings must meet the health and safety regulations specified by the U.S. Department of Energy.
What the AWP Does
The AWP uses computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technology to determine the energyconservation needs of a home.
How the AWP is Funded
Funding comes partially from the participating utility that supplies energy to your home. The remaining amount will be a co-pay that the customer is required to pay. The co-payment from the customer must be made prior to any work being completed on the home and prior to any materials being ordered. Payment must be made in the form of cash, cashier’s check or money order.
Energy Audit Costs
An energy audit will be performed on the home. This consists of blower door testing and carbon monoxide testing for all combustion appliances. Air infiltration leaks will be noted throughout the house. The attic, walls and floors will be checked for insulation. The efficiency of heating and cooling equipment and the refrigerator will also be noted. The results of the audit will then be entered in a computerized energy audit program, which will list recommended cost-effective measures to be used on the home to make it more energy efficient. The audit cost is $456. Each participating utility that supplies energy to the home will pay 25% of each audit.
Example: For a household that uses two of the participating utilities, each utility will pay 25% of $456, or $114 each, leaving the customer to pay $228 for the audit. However, if there is only one qualifying utility providing energy to the home, that utility will pay $114 and the customer will pay the remaining $342. If the home is all electric, the electric utility will pay 50% or $228 for the audit.
The customer co-payment must be made before the audit will be completed on the home. Audit recommendations are provided directly to the customer.
Cost of Recommended Energy Saving Measures
For customers who want to implement the recommended energy saving measures, a completed invoice with the itemized costs will be provided to the customer. Each participating utility that provides energy to the home will help with the cost, paying up to a total of $741.
Example: Recommended measures cost $2964. Two utilities provide energy to the home. Each utility will pay $741 for a total of $1482. The customer must pay $1482. If the house is all electric the utility company will pay $1,482.
Payment must be made prior to any work being completed on the home and prior to any materials being ordered. If the cost of the recommended measures is less, the amount each utility will contribute will be a lesser amount. If the cost is greater, the utilities will not contribute any greater amount. The customer will be responsible for all that the utility does not pay. If the total job costs exceed $8000, the project will not be eligible for any assistance through the AWP. Each agency will have qualified contractors or personnel that will install the recommended measures to the home.
After the energy conservation measures have been installed on the home, another blower door test will be completed. This test will indicate the amount of reduction in air infiltration, indicating the home is more energy efficient. A carbon monoxide test will also be completed to ensure that all combustion appliances are still operating safely.
The program helps individuals and families primarily by making their homes more secure from the weather, which helps to conserve energy and reduce energy bills for years to come. In addition, homes that are warm in the winter and cool in the summer are more comfortable for individuals.
How Payment is Made
Payment for the audit must be made prior to the completion of the audit. Payment for the recommended energy measures must be made prior to any work or materials being ordered. Payment is to be made payable to the participating organization (see list of participating organizations). Payment may be made by cash, cashier’s check or money order. No payment is refundable.
Persons who qualify for the Arkansas Weatherization Program (AWP) and will pay their own copayment, may choose from the following list of energy measures.
- Attic Insulation
- Floor Insulation
- Wall Insulation
- Duct Insulation
- Duct Sealing/Repair
- Sillbox Insulation
- Foundation Insulation
- Air Filtration
- Window Sealing
- Window Replacements
- Storm Windows
- Low Flow Shower Heads
- Furnace Replacements
- Furnace Tune-Ups
- Air Conditioner Tune-Ups
- Heat Pump Replacements
- Heat Pump Tune-Ups
- Refrigerator Replacements
- Lighting Retrofits
- Water Heater Tank Insulation
- Water Heater Pipe Insulation
- Water Heater Replacement
- Smart Thermostats
For persons who qualify for both the AWP and Department of Energy Weatherization program (i.e.
eligible for federal assistance to pay the customer co-payment), a National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT)
analysis must be performed on your home. This tool will determine the energy measures that will be
completed on your home.