The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low income families to permanently decrease their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of residences of needy families using the most highly developed technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The U.S. Department of Energy provides financial support to states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian tribal governments which administer the day to day details of the program. These governments, in turn, fund a network of local community action agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments that provide these weatherization services in every state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and among Native American tribes.
The energy conservation resulting from these efforts of state and local agencies helps our country reduce its dependence on foreign oil and decreases the cost of energy for families in need while improving the health and safety of their homes. During the past 33 years, WAP has provided weatherization services see their yearly energy bills reduced by an average of about $350, depending upon fuel prices. Because the energy enhancements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to significant benefits for weatherization clients and their communities, and the nation as a whole.