Hello there – please read this: Arlington HEET doesn’t do weatherization any more, but we do have a lot of handy instructional pages for some of the most important work you can do yourself. I recommend using either the search feature (below, right) or the “tag cloud” (also below right) if you’re looking for something specific.
Otherwise, scrolling through the blog will bring you to a number of items that are helpful, though most of the newest ones are related to compost.
You can see more about why we’re not doing the work anymore, here.
Thanks, and good luck with all of your projects!
Below is old information. Please see above.
We get lots of inquiries and we try to help as many people as possible. Sometimes that means we get to do the work for them, but sometimes it means directing them to professionals because (in their instance) it will be less expensive, sometimes it means they need to take care of structural issues first, and sometimes it just isn’t a good fit.
Generally though, we do all we can to help the homeowner(s), including walking them through the process of using others to do the work when that’s called for.
We’ve got a few requirements of homeowners that want us to weatherize their homes.
The homeowner will pay for all materials, usually less than $500. (Usually significantly less.)
The homeowner must be comfortable with 30-40 volunteers, led by trained leaders, going throughout their home on the day of the project.
The homeowner will provide the volunteers with coffee and munchies in the morning, pizza in the afternoon. (Munchies and pizza are negotiable – coffee is not.)
A-HEET needs access to the entire home, but especially the basement and attic as this is where the most important leaks are typically found.
If the building is a two-family, both families must agree to the project so we can be most effective.