The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) annually provides grant funds to community action agencies, local governments, Indian tribes and non-profit agencies to provide specific program services for low-income families of Arkansas. These entities provide program services throughout the state.

 

  How it Works

 The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income households reduce their heating and cooling bills by providing full-scale home energy conservation services.  Services provided by the program result in a more comfortable, safe home and a permanent improvement in the lives of occupants. The program is operational year round.

 

After a household is determined eligible, the local agency schedules an energy inspection of the home.  A DOE trained Energy Auditor completes a full inspection of the energy and health and safety concerns of the home and completes a Work Order/Job Write-Up.  A network of Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) use crews or local private-sector weatherization contractors to complete the work at no cost to the occupants.

 

  Typical Measures

 The actual conservation work completed is dependent on the specific needs of the home.  However, typical work includes:

 

·    Air sealing

·    Attic and/or sidewall insulation

·    Weather-stripping

·    Minor repairs associated with the weatherization work

 

All work receives a thorough Quality Control inspection by the local agency’s Quality Assurance Auditor. 

 

  Funding and Associated Cost

 Weatherization services vary depending on the specific needs of the home and DOE approved conservation measures.  An average grant of $6,904 is awarded for each home for installed energy efficiency measures.  No client contribution is required. 

 In addition to using funds provided by DOE WAP, OCS leverages funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in order to address all the retrofit needs of the home. LIHEAP is a separate program administered by OCS.  Sub grantees are encouraged to leverage with the utility-funded Arkansas Weatherization Program (AWP).  If the home has both electric and gas utilities an agency could receive an additional $1,058 to $2,116 toward retrofitting the home.

 

  Eligibility 

Households with incomes that do not exceed 200% of Poverty Guidelines as determined by the Department of Energy (DOE) may be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program.  In addition, those households with a member receiving SSI are categorically eligible.

Due to limited funding, priority points are awarded to households with members who are elderly, handicapped, children under 7, or Native Americans.

   

How To Apply For Assistance

 Applicants must apply and be determined eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program.  The Head of Household may apply to the local Community Action Agency (CAA).  Applicants are required to provide household income information.  Find your local CAA here.

    

Weatherization Facts

·    Of the life of the measures (20 years), it is expected that the weatherization measures will save the recipients a total of $47,438,465, or about $1.94 for every $1 invested.

·    A total annual Arkansas energy savings for program participants from PY 2009-2010 was $2,409,458.

·    The average annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions saving  for each house in the program for PY 2009- 2010 for Arkansas was 3,305 pounds of reduced emissions due to reduction in electricity use, and 12,719 pounds of reduced CO2emissions due to the reduction in natural gas use. This means that program participants reduced their total annual CO2 emission by 16,826 metric tons.

·    As it relates to cost saving, 27-percent surveyed respondents (who participated in the Arkansas Weatherization Assistance Program) stated they saw a reduction in their energy bills. This means an average annual savings of $136 for electricity and $986 for natural gas.

   

  About the Arkansas Weatherization (AWP) Program

 The Arkansas Weatherization Program (AWP) was developed to help reduce energy usage in homes that are severely energy inefficient.  The program is available to all Arkansans, regardless of their income or type of home.  The program helps customers of participating utility companies find ways to reduce their daily energy usage.  Advanced diagnostic technology, such as a computerized energy audit, is used to determine the energy conservation needs of a home.   Participating utilities are:

 

Entergy Arkansas

Empire Electric

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Oklahoma Gas & Electric

Center Point Energy

SourceGas Arkansas

Arkansas Oklahoma Gas

 

For more information, contact one of these participating utilities in your area.