Weatherization Assistance Program

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers a free Weatherization Assistance Program to help establish comfortable, energy-saving homes. The program, run through the Division of Energy and Climate, helps homeowners and renters cut their energy bills by weatherproofing and improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

Many households spend a large portion of their monthly income on utilities, trying to heat leaky homes while drafty doors and windows or poorly insulated walls, pipes, and crawl spaces allow heat to escape. Professionals from the Weatherization Assistance Program can help low-income households fix these problems by assessing the home and providing weatherstripping, insulation, energy efficient light bulbs and other energy-saving measures – all free of charge. Thousands of Delawareans have benefited from this program; many have cut their energy bill by 30-50 percent.

2018 Weatherization Assistance Program Base Grant

The DNREC Division of Energy & Climate Weatherization Assistance Program applies for and annually receives funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program. DNREC’s draft 2018 base grant application is open to public comment until January 11, 2018, on which date DNREC will host a public hearing.

Help is Available

Under the Weatherization Assistance Program, a trained professional will evaluate your home and search for areas where energy can be saved. This may include:

  • Air sealing, caulking, glazing, weather-stripping and crack patching
  • Replacement of broken glass
  • Attic, wall and floor insulation, and ventilation
  • Seal heating and cooling ducts
  • Insulation for hot water heaters, and hot and cold water pipes

After this energy assessment (also known as a home energy audit), a qualified weatherization contractor will visit your home and install the recommended measures. When the work is completed it will be inspected by a certified Quality Control Inspector for final approval. Participation in the program requires some investment of time on multiple days by the homeowner, and someone age 18 or older must be present each time contractors are in your home.

The program can also cover one heating system maintenance check, maintenance that is suggested for homeowners to perform once a year. In addition, every customer will receive educational materials and information on how to conserve energy, make their home more comfortable, and how to lower fuel costs.

How to Apply

Contact your county’s Catholic Charities office to set-up an application appointment. Make sure you bring all of the required documentation to your appointment.

The Weatherization Assistance Program does not have sufficient resources to serve all customers requesting assistance. Once you’re deemed eligible, your name will be placed on a waiting list that prioritizes households based on need, the age and special needs of residents, and annual funding levels. Not all applicants are served in any one program year. Applicants who are not provided services within 12 months, must reapply every year to verify income eligibility.

The Weatherization Assistance Program operates throughout the year and is a statewide program overseen by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and administered by local agencies working under contract to DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate. Grant funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and state sources for administering the program.

Catholic Charities, Inc.

New Castle County
2601 W. 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Kent County
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Sussex County
406 S. Bedford Street, Ste 9
Georgetown, DE 19947

Photo identification for all adults
Social Security cards for all household members
Birth certificates for all household members
Verification of ownership
Lease, if renter, and landlord’s name, address and telephone number
Utility bills (electric, gas, oil and propane). 12-month histories are preferred.
Income documentation for all adults:
– Pay stubs for last 3 months
– Social Security and SSI payment documentation
– Public assistance (TANF and GA)
– Unemployment compensation
– Proof of child support and/or alimony
– Proof of all types of pensions
– Tax records for past 2 years
Eligibility is based on household size and household income.

Size Income
1 $24,120
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640

What The Program Can’t Do

The Weatherization Assistance Program is an energy conservation program. It is not a home repair program. Program resources cannot be used for home improvement or other repairs, except for minor repairs needed to for energy conservation measures that need to be installed. The program does not routinely replace windows, doors or home furnaces. It does not install, service or repair air conditioners.