Energy and Weatherization

 Who does it serve?

Eligible residents can apply to have their home weatherized at no cost. First, we do an energy audit and then if necessary, add insulation or make minor home repairs. ACCESS also refers clients to other agency programs and community resources. We make in-home visits to vulnerable residents and help them stay in a safe and healthy environment.

What does it provide?

  • ACCESS offers an Energy Education Program with tips to make homes more efficient.
  • A Low-Income Weatherization Program helps bring down energy costs.

Energy Education & Conservation

A hands-on workshop that provides valuable tips and efficiency products to help make a home more energy efficient. Includes a conservation kit consisting of water-saving shower head, compact fluorescent lights and more.

The Energy Education Program is designed to aid clients interested in receiving weatherization assistance in identifying and applying behavioral and structural changes that will reduce energy consumption in their households.

This is accomplished in a 90 minute workshop that provides attendees a basic knowledge of thermal dynamics and home energy usage, as well as dramatic examples of the benefits of energy conservation. To encourage the practical application of these lessons, our Energy Educator also visits our clients’ homes to install energy-saving devices at no cost to them. In addition, clients who are physically unable to attend the workshop will receive an in-home version of the presentation in addition to the conservation kit.

The conservation kit consists of a water-saving showerhead, four 13-watt compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), kitchen and bath faucet aerators, foam light switch and outlet sealers, a refrigerator thermometer and an LED nightlight. Our goal is to educate as many people as possible on wise energy usage practices, leading to more manageable energy bills, increased disposable income, and greater self-sufficiency.

You can lower your heating bills by conserving energy. Tips to learn how include:

Attend a free ACCESS Energy Education Workshop with valuable tips and products to save money on energy bills, keep homes warmer, and conserve energy. The class is available in both English and Spanish. To register, call 541-779-6691 ext. 364 or 336.
Download Workshop Flyer | Español

There are lots of easy ways you can conserve energy, including turning your heat down, sealing windows and doors, and dressing warmer.
Download Top Tips to Cut Heating Bills | Español

Continue to make regular payments on your bill and contact your utility company to work out a time pay agreement for any overdue amount.

If you do receive energy assistance from ACCESS this winter, please do not use multiple sources of assistance from other local agencies which can take away from others in need.

For workshops times, dates, or other information regarding the Energy Education Program, please call 779-6691.

Weatherization Program

Specialist completes an energy audit to determine the best weatherization plan based on the existing condition of the home. Services may include ceiling, wall and floor insulation, energy related minor home repairs, air leakage reduction and heating duct improvements.

Eligible residents can apply to have their home weatherized at no cost. Each year approximately 400 households are served.

Once an applicant from the waiting list is contacted, an energy audit is performed to determine the best weatherizing measures based on the existing condition of the home and the funds available.

Qualifications for Weatherization Assistance

WXworksThe Weatherization Program is designed to assist households in making energy efficiency upgrades to their homes through the installation of insulation, doors, windows, and various other energy efficiency measures.

This program is funded primarily by federal, state, and utility based dollars.

The Weatherization Program is also an equal opportunity program and applicants are protected against discrimination on the grounds of age, race, color, sex, religion, primary language, handicap, or national origin in determining the eligibility.*

Assistance through the Weatherization Program is based on the availability of funding and to qualify you must meet the following Gross Household Income Eligibility Guidelines for Weatherization Assistance. For more information regarding the Weatherization Program please call 779-6691.

* If you have more than six household members please contact the Weatherization Programs for additional household income guidelines.

Weatherization Guideline Forms:

Weatherization Application in English

Weatherization Application in Spanish

Household Unit SizeAnnual Income
Monthly Income
Each Additional Member$8,360$696.66