Weatherization and Low Income Energy Assitance
Winter is almost upon us. Is your home ready? The U.S. Department of Energy forecasts natural gas prices will increase this winter, which may result in higher heating costs for some residential customers. If your family needs help with home energy expenses, weatherization or low income energy assistance may be part of the solution. Weatherization begins with an energy audit to determine the services best suited to each dwelling, followed by the application of retrofitting services, such as insulation and air sealing, combined with efficiency measures. The goal of weatherization is to reduce a family's energy expenses by increasing the overall energy efficiency of their home.

In addition to the 5.2 million families already benefiting from permanently reduced energy bills, the Department of Energy estimates an additional 27 million are eligible for assistance. With the cold weather months nearly upon us, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting benefit programs available to provide weatherization and low income energy assistance.

  • Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons

  • DOE's Weatherization Assistance (Wx) Program is the nation's largest residential energy efficiency program. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=580

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance

  • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, and, if the state chooses, to weatherize homes. For more information visit www.govbenfits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=623