Weatherization Assistance Program
What Is The Weatherization Assistance Program?
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides energy conservation measures to reduce the utility bills of low-income residents within our six counties. Our clients are offered a permanent solution to reducing their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. This process would include protecting your home from the elements, such as wind, sunlight, and rain.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), families receiving weatherization services see their annual energy bills reduced by an average of about $437, depending on fuel prices. Because the energy improvements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to substantial benefits for weatherization clients and their communities, and the nation as a whole. Indiana’s weatherization program saves an average of 20-30% on annual home heating costs. Savings will vary by home, and will depend on factors such as the size, type and age of the home.
How Do I Apply?
To qualify for Weatherization Assistance, you must first submit your application for our Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The Weatherization Program can serve clients up to 200% of Poverty. Those guidelines can be found here.
If you qualify, your name will be placed on a waitlist for a period of 2-24 months. Once your home comes up on the wait list, you will be contacted and a state-trained energy auditor will be sent to your home to perform a comprehensive energy audit. The results of the audit are unique to each client’s home and determine which energy efficiency upgrades will maximize energy savings for the client. Upon completion of the audit, state-trained contractors will install the energy efficiency upgrades prescribed by the auditor. A final audit will be conducted at the completion of the installation work to ensure the energy efficiency measures installed are operating in such a way to maximize energy savings.
Will I Have To Pay Out Of Pocket?
Because the work completed on a client’s home is funded through the federal government, all audits and energy efficiency upgrades are installed at no cost to the client. After the final audit has been approved by the client, the client will then be responsible for maintenance of the home and all measures installed.