Weatherization Saves Energy, Money

Kentucky’s Weatherization Program operated locally by KRFDC provides free Weatherization services to income-eligible families and individuals. This program works to reduce their heating/cooling costs and improve the safety of their homes by providing energy efficiency measures. On average, weatherization reduces heating bills by 32% and overall energy bills by about $350 per year at current prices.

Typical Weatherization services may include: 

  • Insulation of ductwork, attics, walls, and floors
  • Repair or replacement of inefficient appliances (furnaces, refrigerators, light bulbs)
  • Sealing of air infiltration
  • Weather-stripping
  • Replacement of leaky doors and windows
  • Installation of bath vent fans and smoke alarms

Eligible Applicants
Persons may be eligible if their total household income is at or below 200% of the poverty level. Priority of service is given to those households with elderly, disabled, children (6 and under), and LIHEAP high-energy users.

If you are eligible for weatherization services, an energy auditor from the weatherization staff will meet with you to do provide a free energy audit of your home. Upon completion of the evaluation of your home, a list of work will be determined that is specifically designed based on the needs of your home. Following the weatherization work that is done on your home a final inspection will be done to make certain that the weatherization work was properly done according to the Kentucky Weatherization Specifications.

Income Guidelines

Household Size Eligible Household Income
1 $23,760
2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8 $81,780

* Add $8,320 for each additional family member

How To Apply
The application process takes about twenty minutes and is done at our Outreach Offices. Applicants will need to provide proof of income for all occupants of their home for the past year, and proof of ownership of their home (copy of the deed or certificate of title for a mobile home). Also, participants will be asked to answer questions about their home such as what is the main source of heat for the home (natural gas, propane gas, electric, or wood), how many people live in the home, the ages of the people that live in the home and some other general questions. Anyone who has not received Weatherization services since October 1994, is eligible. Please call ahead for an appointment to fill out the application with an intake worker. Contact information by county is listed below.

Request for Qualified Contractors
Kentucky River Foothills is accepting applications for qualified HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Contractors for an approved contractors list. Approved contractors will be responsible for the performance of repairs and/or replacement of heating systems, water heaters, electrical issues and etc. in houses and mobile homes in Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell Counties. These services will be funded by the Weatherization Assistance Program thru the Department of Energy and the Kentucky Housing Corporation for eligible applicants at or below 200% of poverty. Each job will be bid separately and awarded to the best bid submitted within the 5 day timeframe. You must be on the approved contractors list in order to submit a bid. If you would like to request an application packet or if you have questions, you may contact Georganna Kirby or John Shoemaker at 859/624-2046.

Additional Information
Kentucky Housing Corporation – Weatherization Assistance Program
U.S. Dept. of Energy 
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 
Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center
Energy Star

For more information contact:

Clark County
Pat Guynn
32 Meadow Street
Winchester, KY 40391
Office hours M-F, 8am-4pm

Estill County 
Jamie Stewart
111 Collins Street
Irvine, KY 40336
Office hours M-F, 8am-4pm

Madison County
Rae Jean Miller
1506 E Irvine Street
Richmond, KY 40475
Office hours M-F, 8am-4pm

Powell County
Linda Huettner
176 12th Street
Clay City, KY 40312
Office hours M-F, 8am-4pm

Weatherization is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and is passed through Kentucky Housing Corporation.

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