Weatherization assistance

Energy efficiency upgrades for qualifying customers

Since 1982, Tucson Electric Power has worked with the Tucson Urban League and Pima County to help limited-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 limited-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 the household:

Family Size Annual Income at or Below:
1 $23,760
2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
9 $90,100
10 $98,420
More than 10 $8,320* (add per person)

*$98,420 for 10 + $8,320 for each additional person based on 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines. The eligibility levels above, which equate to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, will remain in effect through June 30, 2017.

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 necessary weatherization measures on approved homes and structures that could include:

  • Caulking and weather-stripping
  • Insulation (attic, wall and duct)
  • Water heater insulation and exposed pipe wrap
  • Attic ventilation
  • Sun screens
  • Paint roof and exposed ducts white
  • Service evaporative coolers
  • Replace evaporative coolers or motors with two-speed motors
  • 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 (Tucson and South Tucson)

Housing Department, 520-791-9522 Ext. 2600

Pima County Community and Economic Development (outside Tucson, Sahuarita, Oro Valley and Marana)

520-724-2696; Home Repair and Weatherization Programs