Energy Assistance

Energy Conservation Class

LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally funded program that assists low-income households in making home heating more affordable, avoid shutoff of utility services during the winter months, and maintain a warm, safe, and healthy environment for their families. Clients must meet income eligibility guidelines to qualify. The best time to call the CAP office to find out when to sign up for this program is during the first week in November.

Warm Neighbor Program is a Cowlitz PUD Program administered by CAP. The funds for this program come from community donations. The clients must meet income eligibility guidelines, have electric as their primary heating source, and be in an emergency situation.

Winter Help Fund and WEAF (Washington Energy Assistance Fund) are Cascade Natural Gas (CNG) programs administered by CAP. The funds for these programs come from CNG and community donations. The clients must be CNG customers, meet income eligibility guidelines, and be in an emergency situation.

The Senior Discount Rate Program is a Cowlitz PUD program administered by CAP. This program gives a 5%, 15% or 25% discount to low income senior residential PUD customers on their monthly bills. Customers must be 65+, must occupy the residence, must have lived at the residence the past 12 consecutive months, must be legally responsible for payment of the PUD account, and meet the income guidelines. This rate is not available on secondary or seasonal residences. Sign-up period begins mid August and ends mid November.

Disabled Discount Rate Program is a Cowlitz PUD program administered by CAP. This program gives low-income disabled residential PUD customers either a 5%, 15% or 25% discount on their monthly electric bills. Customers must be receiving a disability income, provide documentation of permanent disablity with either a special parking privilege permit or a physician’s certification, must occupy the residence, must have lived at residence the past 12 consecutive months, must legally be responsible for payment of the PUD account, and meet the income guidelines. This rate is not available on secondary or seasonal residences. Sign-up period begins mid August and ends mid November.

If you think you may qualify for one of these programs or want more information please call CAP at 360-425-3430 ext. 231, or stop by 1526 Commerce Ave., in Longview.

Weatherization

The typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills, according to the US Department of Energy. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted due to leaks, poor insulation, and inefficient appliances and fixtures. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to save energy and money in your home by taking steps to become more energy efficient.

Energy Diagram

Energy efficiency refers to technologies, processes and equipment that allow us to do the same activities (or more) with less energy. It means getting better use out of the energy we consume. In practical terms, this could mean installing better insulation, buying ENERGY STAR appliances, or using a programmable thermostat. Efficiency differs from conservations, which means changing behaviors to reduce energy use.

Weatherization is the process by which homes are made more energy efficient. This result is accomplished through a series of relatively easy measures. Homes that have been weatherized require less energy to heat and cool, resulting in lower utility bills and a higher standard of living. Examples of projects increase energy efficiency include:

  • Air sealing
  • Duct sealing
  • Insulation
  • Water heater wrap
  • Heating and cooling system upgrades
  • Window and door replacement
  • Caulking and weather stripping
  • Energy efficient lighting upgrades
  • Low flow water fixtures
  • ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Heat exchangers
  • Renewable energy sources (in combination with energy efficiency measures)

In a typical home, weatherization saves $437 in heating and cooling costs every year at current prices, according to the U S Department of Energy. Those savings are even higher if lighting and appliances are upgraded with energy efficient models!

Sign up for a Home Energy Assessment
A home energy assessment will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your home’s specific energy attributes (windows, insulation, weather-stripping, etc.) and heating systems. A certified building analyst will perform a thorough energy assessment using equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation. You will also receive information on how various energy-saving upgrade options interact with each other and list of efficiency upgrades that are most appropriate for your home. Click here for a short video on home energy assessments

Call CAP at 360-425-3430 ext. 225 or ext 226.

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