Weatherization Crew member insulating an attic
Weatherization Crew member insulating an attic
Ceiling with heat loss
Ceiling with heat loss
Added sillbox insulation
Added sillbox insulation
A window before and after weatherization
A window before and after weatherization
Programmable thermostats save energy.
Programmable thermostats save energy.

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Low-Income Weatherization

Watch a short video by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Home Weatherization Program is funded by the Federal Department of Energy (DOE) and administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program provides free energy conservation services for eligible low-income households. DHHS contracts with Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) to operate the program. The Agency determines applicant eligibility, performs the necessary inspections and weatherization and contracts with mechanical contractors to complete mechanical work. Services may include:

  • Home Energy Audit
  • Weather-stripping, caulking, general air sealing
  • Window/door repair or replacement
  • Attic, foundation, wall, or sill box insulation
  • Programmable thermostat installation
  • Furnace, water heater, refrigerator tune-up or replacement

Studies show an average of 15% to 40% reduction of fuel usage.
(Actual results may vary.)

Who may be eligible for these services?

Homeowners and renters who meet the following guidelines:

                Household Size Last 3 months of Income

                1 person              $ 6,030

                2 persons            $ 8,120

                3 persons            $10,210

                4 persons            $12,300

                5 persons            $14,390

Homes cannot be for sale, in foreclosure, or in remodeling at the time of inspection, and homes must be occupied by the applicant. Homes cannot be re-weatherized if they have been served by our program since 9/30/1994.

The Agency service area covers the following 10 Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford.

For program information, contact Lisa Ritter at (231) 947-3780
or (800) 632-7334.

To begin the application process, fill out the 
Weatherization Referral Form.

Then save and return the completed from by email, or
print out and mail to:

NMCAA
Attn: Weatherization
3963 Three Mile Rd.
Traverse City, MI  49686

This page last updated on 8/30/2017.

measuring the amount of insulation in an attic

Unless your home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can probably reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but even adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within a few years.

a worker applying caulk to a window

Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less.