Energy Conservation

Programs & Services

For questions and more information on HACAP's Energy Conservation programs call us at (319) 393-7811 or by emailing info@hacap.org

Weatherization

The HACAP Weatherization Assistance Program works to reduce personal utility costs by improving the housing stock of low-income individuals and families. The program provides services to people on fixed-incomes and children living in low-wage households.

  • Home Energy Savers - The Alliant Energy Home Energy Savers program can help put energy efficiency upgrades within reach. If you qualify for the program, you pay just 15% of the project cost and Alliant Energy will pick up the rest. These upgrades can help bring down monthly energy bills and make your home more comfortable.
  • Lead-Based Paint - Offers lead-based paint services by assessing the level of risk at a given location and providing an action plan for isolating or removing the lead-paint hazard.

Housing Stabilization

HACAP's Housing Stabilization services provide secure households to people living on fixed incomes. From energy assistance, heat assistance, and help paying utility bills, we work to reduce personal costs.

  • Energy Assistance - The federally funded Low-income Heat Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) serves as the backbone of HACAP's Energy Assistance projects. We integrate this vital program with Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECIP) and our homeowner furnace projects, providing furnace maintenance, repair and replacement. Apply By Clicking Here.
  • Energy Counseling - provides energy efficiency education, budget counseling and incentives for qualified households. Through energy counseling we strive to decrease energy consumption, which will aid in the reduction of reliance on non-household income assistance as a means of maintaining energy services.
  • Disaster Assistance - Provides case case management and grant assistance after a disaster proclamation has been declared by the Governor. 
  • Financial Literacy - A service offered by HACAP focused on providing people in the community with a basic understanding of Finance.  Our Financial Literacy services cover everything from Budgeting, Credit Cards, different types of Loans(Mortgage, Personal, etc..), Credit Scores, Minor Credit Repair and more.  This service is free and aims to help community members manage their finances long term.  For more Information call (319) 739-1521.

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Energy Assistance FAQ

When is my LiHEAP Payment going to be credited towards my utility bill?

HACAP guarantees funds to vendors on a weekly basis, payments are made to vendors approximately every 30 days based on funding availability and time of application.

What do I need to bring with me?

What to bring:

  • Most recent copy of your household's gas and electric bill.
  • Social Security Number verification for each member of your household
  • Income Verification for the household, see attached checklist to determine what type of documentation you will need to provide with your household's application.

I am heat in rent and subsidized, can I be protected through the winter moratorium period?

Residents of publicly-assisted housing units who are not billed directly for their primary heating source by a utility company and whose rent is established as a percentage of their income, which includes utilities, are not eligible for LiHEAP assistance or moratorium protection.

Weatherization FAQ

What is the Weatherization Assistance Program?

HACAP's Weatherization Assistance Program improves approximately 200 local houses annually, bringing a $476 average first year energy savings per property. We work to reduce personal utility costs by improving the housing stock of low-income individuals and families. The program provides services to people on fixed-incomes and children living in low-wage households. HACAP's Weatherization programs are currently serving residents in Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington Counties. You can contact HACAP Weatherization Program at info@hacap.org or call (319) 393-7811

In addition to improving local housing, weatherization also improves the local economy by providing a $1.53 return for every $1 invested, while reducing cases of homelessness and demand for public assistance. Weatherization programs also help reduce the export of local energy dollars, keeping more household dollars in the community. Weatherization creates local jobs and improves air quality and health.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility is determined by income and household utility usage. Individuals that apply to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) have their cases referred to the weatherization program for eligibility determination. You can apply for weatherization year round. 

I’ve been approved for weatherization, when are you going to get it done?

Households applying for weatherization go through a priority selection process which is highly based on the history of the household's energy use, followed by members of households. Elderly, disabled, or household with small children are first priority. 

Weatherization

Program eligibility is determined by income and household utility usage. Individuals that apply to the Low-Income Energy Assistant Program (LiHeap) have their cases referred to the weatherization program for eligibility determination. Weatherization is a program which allows you to apply for these services year round. If you have any questions about the Weatherization Program, please contact HACAP at info@hacap.org.