Community Service Programs of West Alabama

community service programs

of west alabama, inc


Home Energy Audits and Assessments
A home energy audit includes a comprehensive assessment of the current condition of a home followed by a detailed evaluation of the energy conservation measures that can improve the building's performance. The first step of the comprehensive assessment takes place at the home and includes visual and diagnostic assessments of the whole home as a system, including the building shell, heating and cooling systems, and appliances. Combustion appliances are tested for safety and efficiency, existing insulation levels are determined, air leakage is measured, electrical appliances are metered, moisture and other health hazards are evaluated, and the residents are interviewed about energy usage, trouble areas in the home, and health issues that may be connected to the indoor environment.

The data collected during the comprehensive assessment, or site audit, is then entered into an approved energy audit software tool. Based on the local climate, energy rates, the costs of materials and labor, and the current condition of the home, the software evaluates the cost-effectiveness of home energy retrofit measures. Typical cost-effective measures include:

  • Air sealing and insulating the building shell

  • Heating and cooling system tune-ups, repairs, or replacements

  • Duct sealing and insulation

  • Installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs

In addition to the energy conservation measures, the auditor will recommend measures to improve the health and safety of the residents. Typical health and safety related measures include:

  • Adding mechanical ventilation to kitchens and bathrooms to manage moisture and other indoor pollutants

  • Installing vapor barriers on dirt-floored basements or crawl spaces

  • Installing smoke/CO detectors

The successful energy audit results in a work order of measures that will reduce energy consumption and potentially improve the health of occupants.

Clients must provide with a completed application:

Proof of Income - Income for all household members. Acceptable forms of proof include a Notice of ACtion Form from DHR, statement or award letter from the Social Security Administration, check stubs, copy of paycheck, prior year w-2, prior year 1099.

Proof of Homeownership - A property report card from the Appraisal department of the local Tax Assessor's Office is preferred, annual or monthly mortgage statement, or property deed with the home address listed.

Picture Identification - U.S. driver's license or State-issued non driver identification card.

Social Security cards - A Social Security Card bearing applicant's name full name, SSN, and signature. Social security cards are also required for all other household members.

Account Numbers - Account numbers (or copies of bills) for electricity and, if applicable, heating fuel source i.e. natural gas, propane, kerosene.

Weatherization Mission Statement:
To reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

The Weatherization program provides energy conservation measures to houses at no cost to the residents. These measures may included attic, sidewall and floor insulation, air sealing around doors and windows, minor roof repair, compact fluorescent light bulbs, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. A blower door audit is completed on each house to determine the appropriate energy conservation measures needed to decrease energy consumption in the house.

Eligibility Requirements for Weatherization

Household income cannot exceed 200% of the national poverty guidelines. The guideline are as follows:


National Poverty Guidelines FY 2013 at 200%

# in household

1 Person

2 People

3 People

4 People

5 People

6 People

7 People

8 People

max yearly income









*For each additional household members add $8120 each.  Family income cannot exceed guidelines.

If the resident rents home, the property owner must provide both, permission for work to be completed and 25% of the cost for the services, before the agency will begin work.


CSP awards all contracts for the rehabilitation programs through a competitive bid process. Contractors interested in participating in the program will be place CSP's qualified contractor list. A completed Contractor Profile should be mailed, with supporting documents, to the Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator. Supporting documents include:

Home Builders License
State of Alabama Business License
Trade Licenses (if applicable)
Liability Insurance
Workmen's Compensation Insurance
IRS W-9 form
EPA Lead Safe Firm Certification
Weatherization Training Certification

In addition, contractor must demonstrate proficiency with the Blower Door, the ability perform dense pack side wall insulation with a blowing capacity of 3.2 psi or better, and thorough knowledge of Lead Safe Work Practices.