The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs, provides energy efficiency education, and addresses health and safety concerns. Household energy use reductions and the resulting energy cost savings are significant, with average savings in excess of 20 percent.
Weatherization makes homes more energy efficient through a series of energy-conservation measures. Homes that have been weatherized require less energy to heat and cool, resulting in lower utility bills and a higher standard of living.
Whole House Weatherization treats the house as a single energy-consuming system, rather than a loose collection of unrelated pieces of equipment. It requires advanced diagnostic skills and cost-effective measure selection and installation.
Diagnostic tools, like the blower door shown here, are used to identify areas of air infiltration.
Energy-efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing, wall and attic insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, and hot water tank and pipe insulation. Single-family homes, multi-family buildings and mobile homes are eligible.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) contracts with 16 Community Action Agencies, one local government and one nonprofit organization to provide weatherization services, and provides services in all 159 of Georgia’s counties.