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
How it Works
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.
conservation work completed is dependent on the specific needs of the
home. However, typical work includes:
· Air sealing
· Attic and/or sidewall
· Minor repairs associated
with the weatherization work
All work receives a
thorough Quality Control inspection by the local agency’s Quality Assurance
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
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.
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
How To Apply For Assistance
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.
· 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
· 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
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:
Southwestern Electric Power Company
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Center Point Energy
Arkansas Oklahoma Gas
For more information, contact one of these participating
utilities in your area.
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