Weatherization

The goal of the Weatherization Program is to reduce home energy Consumption and costs for eligible households by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

The Weatherization Program is a grant that is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The program prioritizes services to the elderly, people with disabilities, high energy consumers, households with high energy burden, and households with young children.

Weatherization is a process of making homes more energy efficient through means of diagnostic testing.  We use the whole-house approach, incorporating advanced technologies and addressing the comprehensive energy usage in the home, as well as related health and safety improvements.  This testing will help determine if the home has the required amount of insulation, air sealing, and if the heating system and water heater are operating properly.

Weatherization Services

  • Our knowledgeable and experienced staff will provide energy conservation education to help households reduce their consumption.
  • A home energy audit will be done to determine which energy saving measures are necessary, emphasizing the most cost-effective measures and those which are essential for the health and safety of the household.  Diagnostic equipment, such as a blower door, infrared camera, and manometer, are used to detect air infiltration, duct leaks, and pressure imbalances in the home. 
  • Potential improvements may include:

Attic insulation and exterior wall insulation
Air leakage reduction/air sealing
Furnace, boiler and water heater repair or replacement
Installation of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Licensed contractors are hired to complete the measures that are identified through the home energy audit.
  • A final inspection will be completed to ensure all work is performed correctly and satisfactorily.

Weatherization Eligibility

If you are on Energy Assistance and your home has not been weatherized after September 30, 1994 (we have records on what houses we have previously weatherized), you are eligible for weatherization.

  • If you are not on Energy Assistance, refer to the Weatherization income guidelines at

https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/weatherization    

  • Weatherization services are available to both homeowners and renters.
  • Weatherization is a one-time grant to the home.  If the home has been weatherized through the Weatherization Assistance Program after September 30, 1994, the home would not be eligible for additional services.

Examples of Weatherization Work

Conservation Improvement Plan

Prairie Five participates in Conservation Improvement Programs with utility companies in the service area to complete energy conservation improvements for eligible households of the utility companies. These projects are often done in collaboration with other funding sources, but can be standalone projects. The following utility companies partner with Prairie Five:

  • Agralite Electric
  • Centerpoint Energy
  • Great Plains Natural Gas
  • Minnesota Energy Resources (MERC)
  • Otter Tail Power
  • Xcel Energy

For Additional Information ON THE CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Please Call:  320-269-6579

Contractors

If you are interested in working as a contractor with Prairie Five’s Weatherization Program, please contact us to complete the Contractor Application.  Applications to be a Weatherization Contractor are accepted at any time.

Women, Minority and Section 3 businesses are encouraged to apply. If qualified, preference may be given to Women, Minority and Section 3 businesses. EOE/AA/ADA

WEATHERIZATION INSULATION CONTRACTORS must be skilled in insulating walls (dense pack) and attics, air infiltration (using a blower door and pressure diagnostic equipment), minor carpentry work, mechanical diagnostic testing and have an understanding of energy program requirements and a capacity to implement these requirements as a “House as a System” approach.

Must have a current contractor license, current insurance, lead firm certification, lead safe practices certification, OSHA 10 or 30 training.
Must have the ability to complete all work in accordance with MN energy programs policies, standards and requirements.
Work will be contracted on a set fee basis.

MECHANICAL OR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 
Must have a current license (if required), current insurance and bond, lead firm certification (if required), lead safe practices certification (if required).
Must have the equipment and tools and the ability to complete all work in accordance with code.
Work may be contracted on a bid basis or a set fee basis, depending on the location of the work.

For Additional Information ON BECOMING A CONTRACTOR FOR THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM

Please Call:  320-269-6579

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