Since 1982, TEP has worked with the Tucson Urban League and Pima County to help low-income residents reduce their energy expenses through the installation of improved insulation, upgraded cooler motors and other such “weatherization” improvements to their homes. These upgrades are provided at no cost to eligible recipients, though funding is limited.
In addition to weatherization, TEP sponsors energy conservation workshops in cooperation with the Tucson Urban League and Pima County to teach low-income customers how to utilize energy more efficiently and gain greater control over their energy bills.
Assistance is available to customers whose household gross income over the past 12 months does not exceed the following amounts, based on the number of people in your household:
A household gross income for the past 12 months that
does not exceed the following amounts, based on the
number of people in your household:
||Annual Income at or Below:
|More than 8
||$8,320* (add per person)
*$81,780 for 8 + $8,320 for each additional person based on 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
The eligibility levels above, which equate to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, will
remain in effect through June 30, 2016. Participating customers are required to reapply every two years.
If you qualify for assistance, representatives from the Tucson Urban League or Pima County will assess your home and install weatherization measures on approved homes and structures, including:
- Caulking and weather-stripping
- Insulation (attic, wall, and duct)
- Water heater insulation and exposed pipe wrap
- Attic ventilation
- Paint roof and exposed ducts white
- Service evaporative coolers
- Replace evaporative coolers or motors with two-speed motors
- Plant trees on south/west exposures
- Install evaporative cooler thermostat
- Install low-flow shower heads
To measure the effectiveness of these upgrades, program participants will be surveyed about their comfort, energy usage patterns, and overall bill savings.
For more information or to apply for assistance, please contact the Tucson Urban League or Pima County directly.
Tucson Urban League
Housing Department, 520-791-9522 ext. 2600
Pima County (outside Tucson), Sahuarita, Oro Valley, and Marana
Jesus Duran, 520-243-6787 x 2600, Home Repair and Weatherization Programs