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
- 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 (248-6216). 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 (965-0433) or the West Des Moines Human Services Office (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.