Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.

mail: 1001 S. 18th Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158

email: info@micaonline.org

call: 641-752-7162

fax: 641-752-9724

 

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Weatherization

In the mid-1970s, MICA began helping families lower utility costs by increasing their homes' energy efficiency. Today, MICA weatherizes more than 100 homes every year.

 

The work our weatherization teams do to homes is determined by preliminary energy audits, during which the auditor:

  • tests the home for the presence of carbon monoxide (CO)

  • checks chimneys for proper draft

  • conducts combustion safety tests on appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, and stoves

  • checks the home for air tightness

  • checks the home for existing insulation

  • meters refrigerators and freezers for electricity use

 

A specialized computer program called NEAT (National Energy Audit Technology) analyzes the information collected during the audit. NEAT identifies home improvements with the highest energy savings per dollar invested. MICA's Weatherization technicians complete the identified improvements.

 How Weatherization Helps

Weatherization reduces energy bills by performing improvements that can include the following:

 

insulation of attics and walls

 

sealing air leaks in walls, floors and ceilings

 

replacement of unsafe furnaces and water heaters

 

replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers

 

installation of high-efficiency light bulbs

 

installation of low-flow faucet aerators or shower heads 

 

insulation of hot water pipes

 

 

What Weatherization Cannot Do

The Weatherization Assistance Program has a great reputation for saving you money on your energy bills! However, there are some things our Weatherization program cannot do.

 

The program will not do any of the following:

 

remodel or renovate homes

 

install storm doors or windows

 

repair or replace roofs or siding

 

 

How to Apply for Weatherization

The Weatherization program doesn't take applications directly from families.  Instead, they draw from the existing pool of LIHEAP applicants to decide which homes receive services. Families can apply year-round.

 

There are many homes that could benefit from weatherization services, and families are placed on a priority list for services depending on their energy usage.

 

If you are interested in being considered for weatherization, start by applying for our LIHEAP program.

 

 

 

Do you qualify for Weatherization?

To qualify for MICA's weatherization program, you must:

Reside in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama or Story counties

 

Meet income guidelines

 

Pay a vendor (such as a utility company) directly for your primary heating source

 

 

To apply for weatherization and LIHEAP, visit your local family development center or download an application online.