During the past 40 years, weatherization services have been provided throughout the country at no cost to millions of low-income families and individuals. In Western Wisconsin, Western Dairyland provides weatherization services to approximately 300 to 500 homes each year.
Weatherization services vary with each home, depending on how it was built and its current condition. Common weatherization services include installing attic and sidewall insulation, sealing major air leaks, repairing or replacing furnaces, caulking and/or repairing inefficient windows and doors, adding weather stripping, insulating hot water heaters, installing energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances, plus other energy-conserving activities.
Who is Eligible for Weatherization?
If you received Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) benefits during the last heating season, you are automatically eligible for weatherization services. You may also qualify if your income is at or below 60% of the Wisconsin median income (current income guidelines may be found here). Western Dairyland provides weatherization services for residents of Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau counties. If you live in a different county, find your local weatherization agency on the state of Wisconsin's Home Energy Plus website.
How to Apply for Weatherization
STEP 1: Starting in January of 2015, Eau Claire County residents should apply for energy asssistance at the Western Dairyland office in downtown Eau Claire (view instructions here). Residents of other counties should apply for energy assistance at their county Health & Human Services office (find your local office here).
STEP 2: If you live in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson or Trempealeau county and you qualify for energy assistance, fill out a weatherization application (download an application here).
STEP 3: Send your completed application and required information to:
Western Dairyland Weatherization Program
P.O. Box 125
23122 Whitehall Road
Independence, WI 54747
If you need more information or assistance with the application process, call Western Dairyland at 715-985-2391 or 1-800-782-1063.