Home Energy Conservation

Weatherization Program

The Weatherization program’s goal is to reduce customer’s home heating costs and improve their homes comfort and safety. When a low income home is weatherized, both its energy bill and fuel consumption are reduced each year for many years to come.

We weatherize both mobile homes and houses, utilizing trained and licensed/insured local construction and mechanical contractors. Our services are provided year round.

Professionally trained Weatherization Auditors use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment such as a blower door, manometer and infrared camera, to determine the most cost-effective energy saving measures appropriate for each home. Typical measures include: adding insulation, tuning and repairing unsafe or inefficient heating systems, air sealing and sealing ducts, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors, and reducing electric base load consumption.

Program Details

  • How Can I qualify? You must be eligible under federal income guidelines and apply through Energy Assistance. Priority is given to households with documented high fuel consumption and also to households with senior citizens, handicapped persons or young children.
  • What are the income eligibility guidelines? You may be eligible for WAP even if your household's income is higher than the EAP limits.  As of Feb. 2016, your household income cannot be more than the following guidelines for three months: Household size of 1 ($5,987), size of 2 ($8,010), 3 ($10,045), 4 ($12,150), 5 ($14,220), 6 ($16,290), 7 ($18,365), 8 ($20,445).
  • Do I have to pay back money for the weatherization work I receive? No, WAP is an energy efficiency program provided at no cost to you.
  • May I apply if I am a renter? Yes, we weatherize both rental and owned homes.
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified FirmFor more information contact
    Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership Energy Department
    (218) 847-1385

Weatherization Facts and News

The Minnesota Department of Commerce estimates a homeowner saves $300 on an average annual energy bill after their home is weatherized.

Nationally, since its inception in 1976, over 6.4 million homes have been weatherized with an energy savings average of 35% of consumption for the typical low income home.  For every $1 invested in the program, Weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society.

CIP Projects (Conservation Improvement Programs):

Mahube-Otwa contracts with and receive funds from local utility companies for their conservation improvement programs (CIP). These funds allow us to coordinate funding and weatherize the homes of low income CIP customers as well as the replacement of inefficient appliances and energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. CIP partners have included: MN Power, Great Plains Natural Gas, Great River Energy Cooperaties (Itasca Mantrap, Lake Region and Todd-Wadena), City of East Grand Forks, MinnKota Power Electric Cooperatives (Beltrami Electric, Clearwater-Polk, Red Lake and Wild Rice), City of Perham, MERC (Peoples Natural Gas and Northern MN Utilities), and Otter Tail Power Company.

For more information, contact the Mahube-Otwa at (218) 847-1385.