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The Mission: 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.

What is WAP?

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency. WAP is operated 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.

What is WAPTAC?

The WAPTAC website contains a ‘virtual’ library of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures required by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) weatherization program. The site is a central repository for presentation materials, photos and videos of work in progress, site demonstrations, news articles, and other documentation to support WAP operations. WAPTAC.org serves as the institutional memory of the Program.

Weatherization Program Facts

  • Since the inception of the WAP, over 6.4 million homes have been weatherized with DOE funds.
  • Energy savings average 35% of consumption for the typical low-income home.
  • Low income families will save an average of $437 in reduced first-year energy costs, at current prices.
  • In 2010, weatherized homes nationally will save $2.1 billion for low-income families.
  • For every $1 invested in the Program, Weatherization returns $2.51 to the household and society. This includes:
    • $1.80 returned in reduced energy bills
    • $0.71 is returned to ratepayers, households, and communities through increased local employment, reduced uncollectible utility bills, improved housing quality, and better health and safety though the reduction of heat-related illness and death and risk of death from home fires due to utility disconnection.
  • Weatherization creates 52 direct jobs and 23 indirect jobs for every $1 million invested.
  • Weatherization measures reduce national energy demand by the equivalent of 24.1 million barrels of oil per year.
  • Weatherization saves an average of 32% in gas space heating. This comprises a total fuel consumption reduction of 23%. Net savings for each home weatherized average 30.5 MBtu/year.
  • Reducing energy demand decreases the environmental impacts of energy production. Weatherization mitigates approximately 2.65 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Over the life of the measures, weatherization saves 53 metric tons of CO2 per house. Weatherization also reduces emissions of methane and nitrous oxide.
  • Weatherization creates non-energy benefits as well, including increased property value, reduced incidence of fire, reduced utility arrearages and bad debt, federal taxes generated from employment, income generated from indirect employment, avoided costs of unemployment benefits, and reduced pollution.
  • Additional benefits that are more difficult to quantify include improved health and safety conditions, increased comfort for occupants, a reduction in homelessness and mobility, and extended lifetime of affordable housing.

Resources

 

Upcoming WAP Training


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Upcoming AEG Training


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Testimonials

“Apple energy has done an exemplary job in meeting our needs here at the Governor’s Energy Office. Their experience and ability to explain the processes of running NEAT and MHEA to our local administering agencies has been an excellent tool to keep our Weatherization program in line with Doe regulations.  Their communication and commitment to the project has been of the highest caliber. Response time has been quick, concise and helpful.  I wish to thank Greg, George, John, Jim and the entire team at Apple Energy Group for their part in the success of our program, and I look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Don Walker

Weatherization Energy Specialist, Governor's Energy Office

 

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