Weatherization Facts and Figures
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) focuses on assisting low-income households. Income cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and preference is given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children.
- WAP receives funding from multiple sources, and is administered under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines.
- Funding sources include:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- WAP provides a safe, improved home environment, increased financial independence and enhanced quality of life for Georgia’s income-eligible households.
- Weatherization creates an average energy savings of $350 or more per year and reduces a home's annual gas heating consumption by 32 percent.
- WAP stresses the importance of a client’s health and safety by installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Low-income households typically spend 19 percent of their total annual income on energy, compared with 3.5 percent of other residents. Often, these families cut back on other necessities to pay for energy bills.
- Weatherization measures provide long-term relief for low-income families, protecting them from fluctuations in energy prices and supplies.