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Find out how we got $18,000 in FREE home improvements!

Find out how we got $18,000 in FREE home improvements!

Would you like to get $18,000 in FREE energy-efficient home improvements? I know I would! When I visited our local Community Action Council for assistance with our crazy $3,000 Budget Billing fiasco, they asked if I would be interested in applying for the Weatherization Program as well. I love free stuff, so of course I said yes… but I had no idea just how helpful this program would be.

It’s amazing, folks. Truly amazing.

And it’s available in all 50 states! 

It took a few months for the Weatherization Team to get around to our house, but when they did the work went very quickly. Within three days, they installed over $18,000 in FREE stuff that will help our household save hundreds of dollars in our power bill every year.

The coolest item we received was definitely the heat pump. Since it blows hot and cold air, it has made all the difference in these hot summer months… and I can’t wait to see how well it heats the house this winter!

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It’s much more energy-efficient than the in-wall heaters we were using last year! We were assured that this single item will save us hundreds of dollars on our power bill… and it definitely makes our house much more comfortable!

This indoor unit is connected to a large outdoor unit on the back porch.  This thing is absolutely whisper-quiet! I love it. 

We also received about $1,500 worth of spray-in insulation in our attic! This insulation will also make a huge difference in our power bill because it drastically increases the energy-efficiency of our home.

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For about a year, one of our bedrooms has been unusable because of a broken, boarded-up window we couldn’t afford to replace. I was so thrilled when the Weatherization Team offered to replace this window with a superior, double-pane window. This window is way better than the one we had previously – and it’s obviously way better than the boards we’d covered it with! 

I didn’t know it at the time, but our attic had some serious issues. Our bathroom fans were not directly connected to the outside of the attic. For some reason, there was a gap between the bathroom fan pipe and the pipe on the outside of the house! Bats and other pests were able to get into our attic through these accesses and they prevented our fans from being very efficient.

Fortunately, the Weatherization Team replaced both bathroom fans and the kitchen fan with more efficient models. They also fixed the pipes so that they extend all the way out, preventing those pests from ever making their way back into our home. 

Our ceiling has dozens of embedded can lights. Apparently, the models we had were very inefficient because they allowed air to flow through. The Weatherization Team replaced all of our existing can lights with these sealed, energy-efficient models. They look SO much better – and they’ll help us save money ever month! 

We  also received a fancy carbon monoxide detector. Since we didn’t have a garage, I didn’t realize we even needed one! I’m grateful for this fancy model that they installed near my master suite.

These are just the highlights! The experts at the Community Action Council’s Weatherization Team sealed air leaks, sealed the fireplace chimney, installed two new baseboard heaters in the kids’ bedrooms and did dozens of other things that I didn’t snap photos of.

Just before they left, I asked what these upgrades would have cost us if we’d had to pay for them ourselves. The answer absolutely shocked me!

I couldn’t wait to come back here to the blog and tell y’all about this. This program is available in all 50 states! Of course, the eligibility criteria, amount awarded and exact improvements may vary.

Get FREE Home Improvements in YOUR State Here!

Nicole is the owner and lead researcher for Low Income Relief. She has over 20 years of professional research and writing experience, and she has been solely dedicated to investigating low income topics for the last 10 years. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. Her work has also been featured by Google for Publishers and other leading industry publications.


Sunday 1st of January 2023

Hi Riley, Thanks for your fabulous support for all of us. I have various diagnoses of electrical injury (both from wireless and wired sources.) At the May 2022 National Council on Disability mtg, an hour was taken on this subject, and the Chair, shared that this is a crucial overlooked disability that needs to be addressed. I need help with both home improvements as well as searching for a new house. I am severely debilitated by this injury, and need help as modifications, as well as finding a new location involve some measurements. My doctors and I know of people who can do the measurements, and also people who can teach others how to do this measurements. It's crucial to have these measurements done, as well as modifications to not be completely debilitated. As well as electricity and wireless issues of the home, it also includes needing support for computers, phone, and other devices in the home. NICL, HUD, the Access Board, and JAN all recognize this disability. I just haven't yet seen modifications for the home addressed. Since it's severe for me and I have Medicare/Medicaid, I'd like to address finding support. My doctors have told me to leave my house for health reasons for 3 years, but I've had trouble doing so. I also have similar issues with a car that I need help to navigate. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks

Catherine Marucci

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Hi Cher. Hopefully, some of these resources are useful:

Cindy Law

Friday 8th of July 2022

please send ne someplsce to go to get grants to fix my home, your siye is sending me in a loop.

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 9th of July 2022

Hi Cindy. Check your state on this page >>> It should be more straightforward.

Corina ashley

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

I am in need of windows in my home and I am low income. Looking for a program...


Monday 17th of January 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!


Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Hello, my disabled mother & I (& my four year old daughter & mentally ill husband) are currently living in Washoe County, Nevada, & the house is falling apart (the biggest concerns are windows & flooring, as well as poor insulation, pests getting in from under the house, mold, etc etc) & our landlord, who will be 91 next month, insists that nothing is wrong, & refuses to upkeep his property. Does anyone have any resources or websites for my area? It is a manufactured home, if that counts for something, & we are technically in the "rural" area of Washoe County. Thank you so much!

Hannah Benge

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

We will add it to our research list so that we can take a look! Thanks!- Hannah


Thursday 20th of February 2020

I live in NYC and I have windows that leak and very high gas bills because i cannot afford to pay for new windows. How can I get help in my area


Saturday 7th of March 2020

Felecia, here is information for home improvement assistance in New York I hope this helps. -Stephanie