The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low income families make their homes more energy-efficient. Weatherization is an important part of home-ownership and construction, and Knez Building Materials Co. is here to help you learn more.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally-funded initiative to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs for low income households across the U.S. and its territories. The WAP’s mission also helps lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by providing monetary incentives for families to reduce their energy costs by weatherizing their homes.
Federal funds for the Weatherization Assistance Program are dispersed to state, territorial, and tribal nation governments, who then allocate the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funds to non-profits and agencies involved in providing weatherization services to communities.
Weatherization work on homes commonly includes the following:
- Caulking and weather-stripping around doors and windows
- Sealing air spaces in basements and attics
- Insulating walls and floors
- Repairing and replacing faulty heaters and air conditioners
According to the DOE, the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped 6.4 million households over the past 33 years, saving as much as $437.00 a year on energy costs or an estimated 35% in energy savings for low-income households.
In 2009, President Obama challenged the Weatherization Assistance Program to weatherize 650,000 homes in three years’ time as part of the United States’ Recovery Act. According to an announcement made by the DOE in 2011, the WAP met its Recovery Act production goals three months ahead of schedule and “has increased the demand for energy-saving products and services, created thousands of skilled jobs, and helped families reduce energy waste and save money.”