Home Weatherization Assistance Program
WHAT IS HWAP?
Ohio's Home Weatherization Assistance Program is a federally funded low-income residential energy efficiency program. The program reduces low-income households' energy use, thus creating more affordable housing for those in most need. Services include attic, wall and basement insulation; blower door guided air leakage reduction; heating system repairs or replacements; and health and safety testing and inspections. All measures are provided based on an on-site energy audit and on cost effective guidelines developed using the NEAT computerized energy audit. Individualized client education is an important component of the program.
WHO BENEFITS FROM HWAP?
Households at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines or households participating in Home Energy Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Supplemental Security Income qualify for this no cost program. After weatherization, the average household saves $153 per year on its energy bills. Everyone benefits from this service as the burden of unpaid utility bills is reduced.
WHAT DOES HWAP MEAN TO OHIO?
HWAP has weatherized more than 240,000 dwellings in Ohio. 242 billion Btus will be saved this year in weatherized homes. This will result in a reduction of 33.5 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Statewide, approximately 450 persons skilled in providing energy conservation services are directly employed by HWAP. There are numerous other subcontractors and suppliers that benefit from this work. HWAP has served as the base for the development of conservation services in Ohio, which has been used by utility energy efficiency programs. Service is provided in all 88 Ohio counties.
WHAT MAKES OHIO'S PROGRAM DISTINCTIVE?
Ohio was one of the first states to incorporate blower door usage, combustion appliance analysis testing for efficiency and safety, and client education as an integral part of the program. The Ohio Weatherization Training Center trains all field staff in state-of-the-art techniques for cost effectively and safely reducing the energy burden in all types of structures. All programs are monitored annually for cost effectiveness and accountability by Department of Development staff. Periodically, the State contracts for statewide program evaluations. A recently completed study of the program by the U.S. Department of Energy showed the Weatherization Program is one of the few federal programs that saves more than it costs.
For more information call Stephanie McCormick, Office of Energy Efficiency at (614) 466-8608.
In Ohio - contact these guys... for the following counties
Service Area: Butler, Darke, Greene, Montgomery, Preble Counties
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area
719 S Main St
Dayton OH 45402-2709