WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WAP)
What is WAP?
WAP is a federal program designed to increase the energy efficiency of homes which are owned or occupied by low-income persons, to reduce their total residential expenditures such as heating and cooling bills, and to improve the health and safety of families. The process of making your home more energy efficient, thereby reducing energy usage and costs is called weatherization.
Common types of weatherization include, but are not limited to:
- Sealing the holes and cracks around windows, doors and pipes
- Ensuring proper levels of insulation
- Fixing or replacing windows
- Putting an insulated blanket around your water heater
- Making sure your heating and air conditioning systems are working properly
What would Weatherization do for you?
Weatherization services can help a family, struggling to make ends meet, reduce their energy consumption by up to 35 percent, and save them more than $400 on their heating and cooling bills in the first year alone.
The amount you could save from weatherization depends on many things, including your local climate, the amount of repair your home needs and your local utility rates.
Do you need Weatherization services?
Answer the following questions to see if weatherization might be able to help you:
- In the winter, do you feel cold drafts coming from your windows and/or doors, even when they’re closed?
- In the winter, do you run the heater all day just to stay warm?
- In the summer, do you have to keep your air conditioner on all the time?
- Are your heating and cooling bills too expensive?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your home may benefit from weatherization services.