Weatherization Program

WCMCA Weatherization Program – Helping Families Save Energy

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Joe Niehaus, WCMCA Lead Auditor, is calculating a baseline measurement of the home’s pressure before operating the blower door equipment. This allows him to more accurately measure the amount of air leakage in the home.

To learn more about what the Weatherization Program can do to save you energy, please read the Sparks article (PDF) or visit the MN Department of Commerce website.

Weatherization Program

The Weatherization Program helps income eligible households cut their heating costs and improve the comfort level of their homes by making energy-saving home improvements.

The program is available to homeowners, renters, those living in mobile homes as well as other types of homes, and low-income residents of Clay, Douglas, Grant, Norman, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin Counties.

An energy audit of the home is done by West Central Housing Auditors. Local contractors are hired to make the Weatherization improvements. Contractors are licensed and bonded. Agency Housing Auditors make a final inspection of the work before West Central pays the contractor.

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The Weatherization Program is required to implement a priority system which includes the elderly, handicapped, high consumers, and households with small children. These targeted groups are the first to receive weatherization services.

What Energy Improvements are Made?

Improvements to be made are determined from the energy auditor’s blower door testing equipment at your home. Items may include furnace improvements; minimize infiltration; insulation of attic, walls, and floor; and venting of water heaters and heating systems.

Conservation Improvement Programs

Utilities in our area also provide assistance to our agency to complete weatherization-type improvements to eligible households. The following utilities are participating with WCMCA, Inc.: Ottertail Power, Xcel – electric and gas, Great Plains Natural Gas, City of Barnesville, Lake Region Electric, Agralite Electric, Red River Valley Cooperative Power, Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, Runestone Electric Association, City of Hawley, Minnesota Energy Resource Center, Halstad Public Utilities, Moorhead Public Services and Centerpoint Energy Companies.

Who to Contact

Heidi Grove

411 Industrial Park
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Phone:  218-685-7033 or 800-492-4805, Ext. 2
Fax:  218-685-4625