The Weatherization Assistance Program assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating and cooling costs and addressing health and safety issues in their homes through energy-efficiency measures. Weatherization services reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool homes and provide hot water, thus reducing energy consumption, while minimizing the impact of higher fuel costs on low-income families. Household energy-use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, with an average annual savings in excess of 20%.
WAP providers conduct an assessment, or “energy audit,” of the residence to identify specific measures to increase energy efficiency. Based on the results of the energy audit, services may include, but are not limited to, sealing cracks and holes to reduce air infiltration; insulation of attics and walls; heating system repairs or replacement; hot water tank and pipe insulation; installation of energy-efficient lighting and refrigerators; window and outside door repair or replacement; minor repairs to ensure that the installed weatherization materials will perform correctly; and mitigation of energy-related health and safety issues, including indoor air quality improvements, correction of ventilation problems that can lead to mold growth, and identification of lead paint hazards.
Households with incomes at or below 60% of state median income are eligible for assistance (click here to view the current Income Limits). Program services are available to both homeowners and renters, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children, and persons with disabilities. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Public Assistance, Food Stamps, or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, the household is automatically eligible for WAP services. Applications are accepted from renters, homeowners, and rental property owners. Both single-family and multi-family buildings are assisted.
Individual households apply by contacting the WAP provider that serves their area.
The New York State Weatherization Assistance Program is the largest residential energy conservation program in the country. The program receives funding from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services. WAP services are available in each of the State's 62 counties. Every county, village, town, and neighborhood in the state is served by a local WAP Provider.
Weatherization Assistance providers include community-based not-for-profit organizations, community action agencies, counties, and units of local government. To be eligible, a provider must demonstrate the capacity to administer the program and have a history of providing service to the community. Service providers are selected through an annual State planning process.
The WAP also helps reduce energy costs of affordable housing developed or supervised by HCR. Affordable housing developers, property managers, and other housing and community development agencies are encouraged to contact their local WAP provider for more information.
For general information about the program, you may also contact the WAP central office in Albany by phone at 518-474-5700 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.