Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings of needy families using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides funding to states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian tribal governments, which manage 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 decrease 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 to more than 6.4 million low-income households. Families receiving weatherization services see their annual energy bills reduced by an average of about $437, depending on fuel prices. Because the energy improvements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to substantial benefits for weatherization clients and their communities, and the nation as a whole.
The National Training & Education Resource
The National Training & Education Resource (NTER) is an open source platform that serves learners by allowing them to acquire new skills at a time, place and pace that is convenient to them. Additionally, it serves instructors by providing a full range of instructional tools and an easy-to-use system for finding, creating, and modifying content.
Links to the system can be found below:
Find DOE documents for grant recipients—states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian tribal governments—for how to administer the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Find DOE guidance documents and instructions for grant recipients who will distribute $5 billion worth of weatherization services to low-income families. These materials include training videos, frequently asked questions for DOE administrators, and materials about how to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act requirements of the 2009 Recovery Act.
- Recovery Act Funding to the States
- Training and Technical Assistance Plan
- Historic Preservation Programmatic Agreements
Watch a video of President Barack Obama addressing the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum at the White House on December 3, where he stressed the importance of weatherization in spurring job growth.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory gives technical support and evaluations.
DOE is facilitating development of national guidelines for home energy retrofits that include standard work specifications and skill standards for energy retrofit workers.
The Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center provides weatherization practitioners and other energy conservation professionals with guidance for program operations and fosters community partnerships to advance weatherization.
Individuals should contact their state weatherization agency to apply for weatherization. DOE does not provide services directly to individuals.