Weatherization and Low Income Energy Assistance
Winter is here. Is your home ready? Recent forecasts from the Energy Information Administration point to higher heating costs for residential customers this winter. If you, or someone you know, need help with home energy expenses, weatherization or low income energy assistance may be part of the solution. Weatherization services typically begin with an energy audit, followed by the application of techniques like Air Leakage Control, Insulation, Heating and Cooling Efficiency Measures and Health and Safety Improvements to increase a dwelling's energy efficiency and permanently reduce a family's energy expenses.

In addition to the 5 million families already benefiting from permanently reduced energy bills, the Department of Energy estimates 30 million additional US families are eligible for its weatherization services. With cold weather months 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 /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 /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=623