Polk County provides services to low income homeowners and renters residing in Polk County. (Including all cities within Polk County). These services include conducting a complete energy audit. Some common weatherization services include:
- Adding insulation to the attic, walls and/or floors. If insulation is added, holes may be drilled in the siding and vents may be added to the roof. These measures will reduce the amount of heat being lost through walls, ceiling and floors.
- The combustion appliances (heating systems, water heaters, stoves) will be safety-checked to ensure that they are not putting off too much carbon monoxide. If they are, depending upon your circumstance, the program may replace your appliance. This will ensure that health and safety problems are not created by tightening up your house.
- Your heating system may be cleaned and tuned, repaired, retrofitted, and in some cases, replaced.
- Energy efficient lighting will be installed.
Families living in the City of Des Moines with incomes at or below 150% of the poverty level who have high energy costs should apply for assistance at the
Des Moines Community Action Agency
1616 6th Avenue
The families living outside of the city of Des Moines should apply for assistance through the
Red Rock Community Action Agency’s Polk County Center (Ph: 515-965-0433)
West Des Moines Human Services Office (Ph:515-222-3660)
An eligibility priority list, complied from applications, is sent to Polk County each year from the State of Iowa. This list indicates where Weatherization staff should provide assistance based on the energy usage of eligible applicants. Services are provided to families based on their position on the priority list. Families living in rental households must have the landlord agree to replace furnaces and water heaters deemed unsafe. If they are unwilling to pay for the replacement the family can not receive assistance.
Contact one of the above listed offices for more information.