In 2011 Sustainable Flatbush is hosting informational events to provide information on the Weatherization Assistance Program. This federally-funded program provides home improvements that reduce energy bills by an average of 32%, while at the same time improving health, safety and comfort, all at NO COST to income-eligible homeowners and tenants. Although the Weatherization Assistance Program has existed for over 30 years, it is not well-known or understood. The purpose of our workshops is to connect Flatbush residents with the program’s benefits.
The primary goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families reduce energy consumption and costs. Weatherization can include some or all of the following:
- - Replacing or repairing heating systems, including boilers and hot-water heaters
- - Applying superior weather-stripping and caulking
- - Installing high-efficiency cellulose insulation in walls and attics
- - Replacing inefficient appliances with Energy Star® models
- - Installing health and safety hardware, especially smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- - Installing low-flow shower heads, aerators, and energy-saving light bulbs
Most importantly, Weatherization means:
- - Your house or building will be warm in winter and cool in summer
- - Your electric, gas, oil, and water bills will go down (an average of 32%)
- - Your comfort and safety will increase
Income-qualified homeowners receive these benefits at NO COST. Weatherization not only lowers energy bills, it also benefits all Brooklynites by reducing pollution, upgrading housing stock, and decreasing New York City’s carbon footprint.
Sustainable Flatbush’s Weatherization Works! sessions are generously supported by Community Environmental Center (CEC), a Long Island City-based non-profit founded in 1994 to address the housing and energy efficiency needs of low- and middle-income communities. Through its partnership with CEC, Sustainable Flatbush is able to provide the resources to inform Brooklyn residents about subsidized opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient.