October 16, 2014 Newsletter

Weatherization Plus News: Funding 2015 and more
October 16, 2014

The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter

Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc.  |  www.weatherizationplus.org

Top Story

LIHEAP funds released

On October 15, HHS announced the release of  90% of the LIHEAP funds provided in the 2015 Continuing Resolution.  See the HHS chart of the amount available now to your state or tribe. 

Two EOS Data Tools  for Weatherizers Seeking Partnerships and Resources

Happy New Year! It's FY 2015, and October has the EOS Weatherization Partnerships Project  preparing our 2014 research for easy reference.  We  have just published two resources on line: a compendium of utility resources for weatherizing multifamily buildings, whether they are WAP-eligible or not and a graphic summary of how different types of low-income housing use energy  in different regions and climates. 


1) Leveraging Resources for Multi-family Building Retrofits – A Compendium of Today’s Utility Rebates, Grants and Loans

Search our new state-by- state, utility-by-utility tables of utility financial incentives for efficiency upgrades to apartments [and some for common space] in large multifamily buildings which we extracted from the complex Department of Energy Dsire database.   Support for the multi-family building sector is far less developed or differentiated than are the programs for the small home market.  Most are simple rebate programs; a few are specific for low-income consumers, and many are the same for apartments in large buildings and for single-family homes. Not all of the programs listed provide a comprehensive range of incentives.

The grant programs for low-income multifamily housing are minimal at best. A few on-bill loan repayment programs are listed, but these initiatives, which could carry considerable risks for tenants, have not multiplied this past year.

Weatherizers can use these tables to seek more partnerships and resources for work in multifamily buildings; rebates can be assigned to your program on behalf of eligible customers, thereby creating new program income; when creating owner-financed joint projects with owners of affordable housing, Weatherizers can also help the owners calculate the subsidies they may tap.  As the affordable housing advocates join Weatherization advocates in the state regulatory or legislative arenas that fund efficiency, these tables make clear both the extent and the lack of resources appropriate to preserving the larger multi-family buildings low-and moderate-income household typically occupy. 

The Online tables are part of a comprehensive report on financing for multifamily building retrofits that EOS will publish in the coming weeks.

Click on the following links to view the tables: Rebates | Grants | Loans


2) How Low-Income Households Use Energy in Different Regions, Climates and Buildings: a graphic comparison

Both the similarities and differences in energy usage patterns can be useful when targeting and marketing the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).  As policymakers, state managers and community delivery organizations plan how WAP and related resources will be targeted to achieve the greatest impact, they consider household energy burden, residents’ age and vulnerability and how much energy is being used and wasted.
EOS has created visual displays of how much energy is used for different purposes in five kinds of income-eligible homes in the different regions and climates zones. 

They show that -
* Single-family homes in the Midwest use the most energy while apartments in large buildings in the West use the least.

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In every climate region, apartments in 5+ unit buildings use about less than half as much energy as single-family detached homes in the same region, but usage in apartments in small buildings [2-4 units] is more similar to detached homes.

Download our “Energy Use of Low-Income Households”  fact sheets.


Midwest Census Region

West Census Region




OPPORTUNITY

A New Online Purchasing and Pricing Tool for “Green” & High-Efficiency Products

Quantity Quotes, a simple online marketplace, allows purchasers to get competitive quotes on green and energy-efficient products, including clothes washers, refrigerators, air conditioners and dishwashers. Quantity Quotes is a free, easy way for purchasers to gain multiple bids and competitive pricing, while suppliers to Quantity Quotes benefit from increased sales and access to institutional markets. Quantity Quotes can put purchasers in touch with a range of large and small vendors across the country.
       This information may be useful to WAP delivery agencies and even more useful to their private contractors. Please share this announcement.

The types of products available from Quantity Quotes will be expanding soon to include water-efficiency toilets, shower heads, and faucets, and recycled-content insulation.  Expansion to suppliers in more states is also in the works. To learn more, visit http://quantityquotes.net.


The Newsletter of Economic Opportunity Studies' Weatherization PLUS Leveraging Partnership Project brings timely information about developments that expand the Weatherization Assistance Program to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities. Visit the Weatherization PLUS portal for more information.

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In This Issue:

» LIHEAP funds released

» Two EOS Data Tools  for Weatherizers Seeking Partnerships and Resources

» An opportunity to save on materials and appliances




 

 




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