Through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues grants to states, territories, and some Indian tribes to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes in their jurisdictions. The DOE and state governments do not directly issue grants to low-income families or perform the retrofits. Instead, states, territories and Indian governments contract with local governments and nonprofit agencies that provide the weatherization services. Low-income homes that qualify for the program will receive free weatherization services based on the needs of the home, and the rules established by the state.
Interested low-income families will need to apply for assistance through their state weatherization agency. Each state establishes its own income requirements based on DOE guidelines. However, under DOE guidelines, applicants are automatically eligible to receive weatherization assistance (pending the availability of funds) if they receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children. In other cases, states give preference to:
For more information, interested parties should contact their state weatherization agency.
|Incentive Type:||Grant Program|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Incentive Amount:||Free; specific improvements will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific needs of the home|
|Name:||42 USC § 6861, et seq.|
This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.
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