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Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) does FREE home energy efficiency improvements for Low Income, Disabled, and Seniors .... for Renters Too!

Also look into   HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) for Low Income folks pays your Energy Bill

The Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program is a Nationally funded program that PAYS to have your Home made more energy efficient! In SOME Cases (Like here in California) Energy Assistance Programs REPLACE old appliances with NEW ones!

Apply for Weatherization Assistance:

It is easy to find out if you are eligible and to apply for weatherization. Usually you can do it in a weatherization agency near your home.

Am I Eligible?

Want to apply immediately?
Select your state from the map on the State Contacts page and get the phone number and address of your state weatherization office.

As many as 20 to 30 million U.S. families are eligible for weatherization services nationwide. Services are provided by the states, and each state has slightly different criteria. All energy services are handled by local weatherization agencies.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services. In other cases, states give preference to:

    People over 60 years of age
    Families with one or more members with a disability
    Families with children (in most states).

One of the primary factors affecting eligibility is income. Depending on what state you live in, you are eligible for weatherization if your income falls below the "200% poverty level" defined in the PDF available.[/color] Note, however, that some states use a third alternative to set eligibility if your income is less than 60% of the median income in your state; and minimum incomes for Hawaii and Alaska, respectively, are slightly higher.

How does the process work?

    Call local agency
        The states, not DOE, keep up-to-date lists of local weatherization agencies.
        All weatherization services are provided by local agencies.
        Most agencies are nonprofits that employ energy professionals.
        Some are branches of local governments.

    Come in and apply
        Application form usually takes about 20 minutes
        You must have proof of income for the year prior to application. (For people on fixed incomes, this is usually easy to do).
        The agency also asks a small number of questions about your household, such as, the number of people living in the home.

    Your eligibility is determined
        If you are eligible, your weatherization agency puts you on a waiting list.
        If you rent, you must get permission from your landlord.
        People most in need are often moved to the top of the waiting list.

    Professional energy consultation
        Analysis of your energy bills
        Test the infiltration of outside air with a blower door
        Inspect equipment for health and safety
        List the most cost-effective energy conservation measures for your home.

    Workers arrive
        Local weatherization agency schedules work.
        Average expenditure of $6,500 per home
        All work is energy-related. Work does not include new roofing, siding, or similar.
        Work is typically completed in a day or two.
        You sign off on final inspection.

Note: Software Santa received new room and porch lights, Low-Flow Showerhead, weatherstripping, AND a brand new Kenmore refrigerator/freezer - All Given and Installed FOR FREE - in January 2009!

In Early 2014 Software Santa got another whole house makeover just like that previous one (With a new "Magic Chef" 1000 Watt Microwave oven: the contractor replaced a BROKEN Microwave that was made in 1983 - Instead of a new Refrigerator!)!

If you are low income: you need to look into the Federal / State / and Locally funded Programs available to you. Now you know these programs exist, Right?

"New lamps for Old! New Lamps for Old!" (Literally!)
Apply Here:

State by State Agency Look-up Map (contact information for the State administrators of the Weatherization Assistance Program):

Categories: Free home Appliances - Free energy check up to lower your energy bills - Free Weatherstripping - Low Income - Seniors - Disabled
« Last Edit: August 16, 2014, 07:44:25 AM by Software Santa »


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