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Overcoming Weatherization Barriers

E4TheFuture helps enable access to energy savings for lower-income populations.

Health and safety barriers create challenges by impeding home weatherization. Increasingly, policymakers and practitioners realize the imperative to tackle these difficult obstacles.

To advance equity, make dwellings safer, and cut down on energy waste, weatherization is a “no-brainer.” But who pays?

The Weatherization Barriers Toolkit: How to Address Health and Safety Barriers with an Income-Eligible Focus offers guidance, a state-specific case study and “lessons learned,” with detail about options for funding programs.

Barriers to weatherizing homes are a challenge in all markets, but the Toolkit focuses on finding solutions for income-eligible customers.

See a four-page Toolkit Summary.

Featured in the Toolkit is a Connecticut Weatherization Barriers Remediation Program Case Study, and set of background resources. Scroll below for a broader set of resources, and more state-specific examples.

Toolkit Resources: Connecticut Program Development

CT DEEP workshops:
Workshop 1 (11/18/20)
Workshop 2 (1/20/21)
LIHEAP Board presentation from DEEP RFP for Statewide Weatherization Barrier Remediation Program Operator
Eversource “Home Energy Solutions Market Rate/Income Eligible presentation” (11/20)

(For convenience, the above links are also embedded in the Toolkit PDF.)

Additional Resources

outdated and dangerous electrical wiring
Outdated electrical wiring is one barrier that causes program deferrals. The most common barriers in many areas of the U.S. are mold and moisture-related issues, and structural deficiencies.

Blog: Weatherization Without Walkaways: Change is Coming, But Needs a Push (April 2022)

Weatherization Readiness Fund Guidelines – Intended for WAP grantee and sub-grantee managers (U.S. Dept. of Energy, April 2022)

Health and Safety Issues: Common barriers (National Association for State Community Services Programs – NASCSP); Reasons for Deferrals – with sample Deferral of Service forms, from three states

White Paper: Overcoming Weatherization Barriers: A Survey of Resources to Address Barriers to Weatherization in Homes (Energy Futures Group, 12/20)


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Paper: Health & Safety Investments to Increase Energy-Saving Opportunities (APPRISE, 2018)

Media Coverage, National Public Radio (NPR): A low-income energy-efficiency program gets $3.5B boost, but leaves out many in need (May 2022)

Midwest Examples, Media Coverage: Detroiters can bring down energy costs. But getting homes weatherized isn’t easy. (BridgeDetroit, 2021); Missed Opportunities: Lowering Deferral Rates on Efficiency Programs (Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, 2020)

Virginia Examples, Media Coverage: Case Study (2021-22; Weatherization Deferral Repair Funds); Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds Housing Innovations in Energy Efficiency / related resources (2021-22); Fighting Climate Change and Heatstroke One Home at a Time (NRDC, 2021); Greenhouse gas pact will open door to weatherization for Virginia households (Energy News Network, 2021)

Massachusetts Examples: Mass Save Pre-Weatherization Barrier Incentive (2022); Expanded HEAT Loan Initiative / Barrier Mitigation Project: Mid-Program Review (E4TheFuture, 2015); Reducing Energy Burden: Resources for Low-Income Residents (Metropolitan Area Planning Council – MAPC, 2022)

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    Overcoming Weatherization Barriers