I have already seen my heating bill begin to rise and it's only going to get worse as we dive into the winter months.  Any time I find the opportunity to apply for heating assistance or anything to help you save some money or keep the cost of your household utilities down, I share it with you.  This time, it benefits Wisconsin residents.  Pass it on to family and friends to see how much $$$ you can save!

As of October 30, weatherization assistance is available to Wisconsin residents. Wisconsin’s Weatherization Assistance Program provides assistance to eligible households.  Hopefully you're one of the more than 6,130 households that will be helped in  2014.

Here's how it works:  weatherization services are provided locally through a network of community action agencies, housing authorities, local governments and other non-profit organizations. In addition to educating households about energy conservation, some common weatherization measures include:

  • Insulating attics, walls, and floors
  • Installing energy efficient lighting
  • Reducing air leakage
  • Repairing or replacing a furnace
  • Insulating or replacing a water heater

Here are ways you help to reduce energy usage and costs right now.  When I read these I thought, "wow, these are no-brainer ideas I never thought about".

  • Reduce your thermostat setting by 5 degrees or more when you are asleep or away. Never reduce your temperature setting below 55 degrees to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Move furniture and drapes away from heating vents to allow heat to flow throughout the room.
  • Check your furnace filter monthly and replace as needed to maintain furnace efficiency.
  • Let the sun in during the day to reduce heating costs.

2013-14 Income Guidelines for Weatherization Program

Household Size       Annual Income

1                               24,692.00

2                               32,290.00

3                               39,887.00

4                               47,485.00

5                               55,083.00

6                               62,680.00

7                               64,105.00

8                               65,529.00