Wayne and Pike county residents may be able to get their furnace replaced for free or likewise have home energy efficiency work done, as part of a federally funded program that received a larger dose of money this year.


Wayne and Pike county residents may be able to get their furnace replaced for free or likewise have home energy efficiency work done, as part of a federally funded program that received a larger dose of money this year.
Jacqueline H. Young, executive director of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority, which manages the “weatherization” program, said there is more than $500,000 now available that can be divvied out to renters and homeowners for energy efficiency improvements.
“If I don’t spend the money, I would have to send it back,” said Young. “There is no fee, no cost. It’s free.”
The program has been bolstered by about $200,000 more funding this year through the federal Department of Energy. It may also receive additional funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the economic stimulus package.
“I got a little extra money for weatherization, and I need people,” she said. “They can call, and we can send them the application.”
Typically, the program services 100 to 120 families a year, but that number may expand with the higher than expected allotments this year, she said.
If a resident of the two counties meets income eligibility requirements, such as a family of three at no more than $37,332 earned annually, they will qualify for an array of services and materials that includes a home energy audit, leading to actual installation or replacement of certain items if necessary.
Anyone receiving supplemental social security income (SSI) or who is enrolled in the low income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) automatically qualifies, regardless of income.
The types of weatherization work that may be done include: caulking, weatherstripping, adding door sweeps, reglazing broken glass, installing hot water heater wraps, insulating water pipes, and attic insulation, among others.
Work usually begins in a “couple months,” said Young, depending on materials needed.
It also includes efficiency checks on heating units and refrigerators, which may lead to replacement if it is found to be an energy hog. Replacing units such as these, however, only applies to homeowners.
The Wayne County Redevelopment Authority can be reached at: (570)253-4882, via e-mail at wcra@ezaccess.net, or on the web at waynepikeenergysavers.nonprofitoffice.com.
The office is located at 218 Willow Avenue, Honesdale. It is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Income Limits:

Family Size  / Income Limit
1                      23,110   
2                      30,221
3                      37,332
4                      44,443
5                      51,554
6                      58,665
7                      59,998
8                      61,332
9                      62,665
10                    64,200

*anyone who has participated in the program after September 1994 cannot reapply.