Who is eligible for Weatherization?
- You must be a resident of Bucks County
- Your income, which will be verified by BCOC staff, must indicate that your income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level for the past 12 months. View the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- Homeowners, as well as renters are eligible for this program. A landlord's signed approval is mandatory if you rent your residence. A landlord contribution may be required
- The home must be structurally sound and in compliance with all local and applicable codes in order to be eligible, to be determined by the BCOC auditor.
- The weatherization program is FREE to eligible applicants. The program may be funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Bucks County Opportunity Council. There is no charge to apply or for weatherization services.
How does the program work?
- An Opportunity Council Home Energy Conservation Auditor inspects the home of a qualifying applicant and delivers a report including safety and health measures that need to be addressed. The Auditor tests heaters, hot water heaters, gas stoves and all major appliances for safety and efficiency. We provide an educational component to further involve residents in managing their home systems. Qualified professionals install recommended measures such as insulation, air sealing and heater improvements. The Auditor then returns for an inspection to ensure that all work is completed to meet or exceed industry standards for safety and energy efficiency.
What is the impact?
- The Home Energy Conservation Program helps to reduce energy cost and increases comfort and safety for the homeowner or renter. Annual household savings on energy costs average around $500. It also improves the value and durability of the home, reduces pollution and our dependence on fuel imports and extraction.
How do I apply?