If you’re living in a poorly insulated or energy inefficient home, you just might be eligible for some government help. The Weatherization Assistance Program, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy, funds grants to state and local agencies to provide free energy assessments and weatherization services to low income homeowners and tenants across the country.
Local weatherization programs include:
*energy star appliances
*wall and pipe insulation
*weatherstripping and caulking
On average, weatherizing your Oxford home can reduce home energy bills by up to 20%.
The Weatherization Assistance Program has been around for about 30 years, but it recently got a big boost, in the form of a $5 billion contribution from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. As a result, local and state weatherization programs are expanding and waiting times are shorter in many areas.
The program is income-based that’s open to Oxford homeowners, tenants (with landlord’s permission) and multi-family buildings. In general the cutoff is based on a percentage of the federal poverty level.
To find out if you qualify, contact your local Weatherization Assistance Program office by visiting the Weatherization Assistance Program Project Map.
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