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 while ensuring their health and safety.
The Office of Economic Opportunity manages the state’s low-income weatherization assistance program, using U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) appropriations, Low Income Energy & Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) fuel assistance funds, and utility partnership funding. OEO contracts statewide with 12 local community action agencies that employ trained weatherization crews to install in low-income homes energy efficiency and conservation measures prescribed by energy audits and diagnostic testing. Weatherization examples include, but are not limited to, installing insulation, reducing air-infiltration, performing heating and cooling tune-ups and modifications, and when appropriate, replacing heating units for energy efficiency and safety. Client education is provided on use and maintenance of the weatherization measures.