By Cynthia Germain
Door and Kewaunee residents can get extra help to weatherize their homes and take steps towards energy efficiency. We Are HOPE in Sturgeon Bay may be known for its employment and career services but it is also home to energy conservation programs available to individuals who qualify for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program. The commonly known WHEAP provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Its companion program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, offers help in a number of ways including insulation, furnace, water heater and refrigerator repair or replacement as well as updated light fixtures. Kim Carley, Employment Services Director at the We Are HOPE Center, says that this program is available to homeowners and renters alike.
The program contracts with local providers to make energy assessments and deliver the weatherization services. The assistance does not cover the entire cost of the weatherization activities but offers long-term savings in dollars and energy.