Washington – RealEstateRama – Kansans struggling to cover high utility bills and energy costs may qualify for free upgrades to make their homes more energy efficient. The assistance, made available through the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, improves heating and cooling efficiency and saves energy by ensuring homes hold in heat and air conditioning while keeping hot and cold air out.
Applicants must meet income guidelines to qualify. Households that receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or utility assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) are automatically income-eligible. The program serves renters and homeowners.
Eligible households receive a comprehensive home energy audit to identify inefficiencies and health and safety concerns. Based on a home’s audit results, improvements may include:
- Sealing of drafts and air leaks, caulking doors and windows, weatherstripping
- Testing, cleaning and repairs of heating and cooling systems and water heaters
- Adding insulation to ceilings, walls, floors, and foundations
- Lighting, refrigerator, and fan upgrades
All services and upgrades are provided free of charge by certified energy auditors and a network of professional crews and contractors. Applications are received and work is completed year-round.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), a self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation committed to helping Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the state’s housing finance agency, administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.