In the last 32 years has provided assistance to more than 6.2 million families. The Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. How the program works is, “Weatherization service providers install energy efficiency measures in the homes of qualifying homeowners free of charge. These are not expensive upgrades—the average expenditure limit is $2,826 per home—but they are effective, and energy savings pay for the upgrades within a few years.”
Savings to you: On average, this weatherization program can reduce your heating bills by 32% and overall energy bills by about $350 per year at current prices.
Are you eligible?
The DOE estimates that around 20 to 30 million U.S. families are eligible for services. Home owners and renters may qualify and if you get Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children than you are automatically eligible. Preference is given to those 60 years or older, families who have one or more members with disabilities, and families with children. Mainly they’ll go by your income to see if you qualify. If you are eligible you may get things like a microwave for low energy cooking, caulking for cracks in your home, a wrapped water heater and more.
Contact your local state weatherization program to see if you are eligible and to learn how to apply.
If you can’t get assistance through the DOE you might qualify for:
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Help from a local energy supplier - many offer assistance programs. Programs vary though so contact your local provider and ask about consumer assistance in paying your bill.
I don't know much about weatherization programs in other countries, but maybe some other people will post links here.