The U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency. WAP is operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American tribes, and U.S. Territories. Funds are used to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The energy conservation resulting from the efforts of state and local agencies helps our country reduce its dependence on foreign oil and decrease the cost of energy for families in need while improving the health and safety of their homes.
WAP is governed by various federal regulations designed to help manage and account for the resources provided by DOE. WAP funding is derived from annual appropriations from Congress. Each year, the Senate and House Energy and Water Appropriations committees decide how much funding to allocate to the Program.
"To reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety."
Weatherization Program Facts
Since the inception of the WAP, over 7.4 million homes have been weatherized with DOE funds.
Weatherization saves low-income families an average of $250 to $450 per year in heating, cooling and electric costs, depending on their housing type, location, and fuel source.
For every $1 invested in the program, WAP returns $4.10
to households and society.
WAP helps the country reduce its dependence on foreign oil and reduce carbon emissions.
Many thousands of local, supply- side American businesses and contractors are supported by WAP.
WAP provides the marketplace for innovation in the residential energy efficiency industry and supports the growth of related businesses.