The Weatherization Assistance Program is a low-income grant available within the seven county area managed by our agency. This grant is designed to lower the energy usage and improve the health and safety of the applicants by tightening up their homes and preventing outside air infiltration into the homes thereby, lowering their monthly energy bills. Possible Weatherization Assistance Program measures that can be performed on the home are: air sealing/infiltration reduction, attic insulation, dense-pack sidewall insulation, duct insulation, floor insulation, programmable thermostat, refrigerator replacement, general energy saving measures, heater repair or replacement & health and safety measures. After an energy savings and indoor air quality assessment is done on the homes by a BPI qualified quality control inspector. The Weatherization coordinator then decides what repairs are to be done to the homes according to the Department of Energy rules and regulations. Bids are then sent to qualified and licensed independent contractors contracted by our agency. The low bidding contractor is awarded the homes according to Alabama bid law. A final inspection is then made and approved by a BPI qualified quality control inspector before contractors are compensated. The independent contractors are required to carry liability and worker’s compensation insurance, state licensees and proof of extensive training. Operations under these agreements are carefully monitored and audited under federal guidelines to assure compliance with program regulations.