The Weatherization Assistance Program,
known as WAP, is the U.S. Department
of Energy's core program for reducing energy costs for low-income
families through increased home energy efficiency, while ensuring
health and safety.
WAP funding is derived from annual appropriations from Congress to the U.S. Department of Energy, which then provides
core funding to states through formula grants.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, is a major source of supplemental
funding as well.
The importance of the program is backed by government statistics.
Low-income families often choose between heat and other necessities
due to the heavy cost burden of energy. On average, these families
will spend more than 14 percent of their annual income on energy, compared
with the average 3.5 percent in most homes.
Locally, the Community Action Partnership weatherizes over 80 homes a year in the counties
that they serve, including Logan. This year the total could reach 100
homes. When a weatherization is complete, the majority of homes have
a reduction in energy consumption of a third or more. In cases where
a home has an old, inefficient furnace that is replaced, costs for
energy could be halved.
All work is done by licensed and approved area contractors who are
required to fulfill rigid standards that exceed industry norms. All
work is thoroughly documented, including before and after pictures
of every repair or replacement in each dwelling.
Eligibility is determined by family size and household income, in
accordance with federal guidelines. Weatherization services are free
to households that:
Although most dwellings waste energy, different types of houses have
different energy problems. Depending on the circumstances and
condition of a home, some or all of the following weatherization
work may be done:
Sealing cracks with
weatherstrip and caulk.
Insulating attics and walls.
Repairing windows and doors.
Replacing windows and doors.
Insulating crawl spaces.
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services include having an experienced HVAC contractor examine the
dwelling's heating system. This contractor will make sure the
heating system is safe and in good working order. Work on the
furnace may include one or more of the following:
Health and safety items are included in all weatherization service,
including the installation of:
weatherization program includes the replacement of all light bulbs
with new energy-saving bulbs, an electrical inspection, with repairs
as needed and handrails installed if necessary for an occupant's
safety. Inspections include hot water heaters and dryer vents. An
infrared inspection of a home to confirm the proper installation of
blown- in insulation throughout the home is also done.
To apply for
weatherization, you can contact
Community Action Partnership at
732-2159. They will then inform you of the following:
When applications are being
What information to bring to
Other assistance they may offer.
Educational information on how
to save energy.
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