The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring health and safety. It is the nation’s single largest residential whole-house energy efficiency program. WAP has created an industry, producing new jobs and technologies, all while helping the most vulnerable families across the country.
Once DOE awards the grants, the states, tribes, and territories contract with roughly 700 local organizations nationwide that consists of community action agencies, other nonprofits, and local governments. These organizations use in-house crews and private contractors to perform the weatherization services for low-income families. Many states and local organizations leverage other federal, state and private WAP programs to deliver more services while inside the home.
ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS are households at or below 200% of the poverty income guidelines. WAP Grantees also give priority to the elderly, families with one or more members with a disability, families with children, or high-energy users.
Revitalizes communities by spurring economic growth and reducing environmental impact
Weatherization returns $2.78 in non-energy benefits for every $1.00 invested in the Program
Saves an average of $514 in out-of-pocket medical expenses
Saves $583 in pay per year due to fewer missed days of work
Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities.