Our weatherization program works throughout Clackamas County, helping residents to reduce their heating and cooling costs, and make their homes safer and more comfortable. The program provides free weatherization and energy education to low-income renters and homeowners that qualify.
For more information about our programs please call 503-650-3338.
How the program works:
Once an applicant comes to the top of the waiting list, he/she is contacted by our office. This call provides instructions for the next steps. A packet is then mailed to the applicant to be completed with any additional requested documentation.
Once an applicant is income qualified, an energy audit is scheduled and performed on the home. This process may take 4-6 hours. The energy audit consists of a walk through with the occupant, low-cost/no-cost energy saving recommendations, and a thorough inspection of the home. The auditor will check existing insulation levels throughout the home to determine whether or not insulation can be added to improve the energy efficiency of the home. The energy auditor also performs a blower door test to determine the extent of air leaks in the home.
The energy auditor uses the data collected at the energy audit to determine what should be done to save the most energy. All the data collected is entered into a computerized audit program that determines which weatherization measures can be installed based on a Savings-to-Investment Ratio. The grant requirements, coupled with the computerized audit, will determine what weatherization measures, if any, can be done to the home.
The Community Solutions Weatherization Program receives grant money from several entities, including: the Department of Energy (DOE); the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA); and Portland General Electric (ECHO). Rebate dollars are also received from Northwest Natural (OLIEE) and the State Home Oil Weatherization (SHOW) programs. All weatherization work is paid for through these grants. We do not bill our residents for the weatherization work done on their homes.
Clackamas County provides free energy education to county residents through workshops, home visits, and as part of the weatherization audit process. Our customers learn free and low-cost ways to reduce their energy bills while remaining comfortable in their homes.