The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
WAP or Weatherization Assistance Program is a program created by the United States in 1976 to offer assistance to low-income families in reducing their energy consumptions as well as charges. Numerous federal regulations administered WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program). The program is designed to help manage resources provided through the DOE or Department of Energy. The funding source of this program is derived from the congressional appropriations annually.
Determining Eligibility for Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
Income is one of the main factors that affect the eligibility of an individual for WAP, and in every state, they set their own requirement using the DOE procedures and every requirement varies depending on the states criteria. However, according to the DOE guideline, if you receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children or Supplemental Security Income then automatically, you are eligible to receive the program. Here are some additional considerations that other states use in determining qualification for weatherization assistances:
- Individual who are 60 years old and above
- Families with disabled members
- Families who have young members
There are more than 20 million US families that are eligible for this program. WAP has technicians that audit the energy needs of a household to help find problems and once the audit is finished, WAP can help by insulating windows or walls, replace broken glass or repair/replace combustion appliances. This program’s mission is similar to LIHEAP (Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program) in that it provides aid to low income families and helps them live in a home that is both safe and energy efficient.
WAP was created to enhance the energy efficiency of homes that house families with low-income. They use current technology to upgrade households energy requirements and have helped millions of families dramatically improve their lives through reducing their energy bills. WAP as well as the LIHEAP are considered the foundation of energy assistance programs and oftentimes these two programs work together in providing assistance to low-income families.
Weatherization assistance includes weather-stripping, waterproofing (caulking), vent dampers, insulation, repair/replace broken appliances, exterior doors and even furnace tune-ups. Because of WAP, families with low-income are able to substantially decrease or eliminate their utility bills.