How to Receive Free Help Weatherizing Your Home

Caulking around windows to save energy

If you’re living 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. To date, this program has weatherized over 5 million homes.

Local weatherization programs include:

  • Energy audits
  • Energy Star appliances
  • HVAC improvements
  • Wall and pipe insulation
  • Weatherstripping and caulking

On average, weatherizing your house can reduce home energy bills by up to 20%. Not only can that make a huge difference in your budget, but it contributes to a greener planet!

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.

Installing rolls of fiberglass insulation in an attic

Eligibility

The Weatherization Assistance Program is an income-based program that’s open to homeowners, tenants (with landlord’s permission), and multi-family buildings. The financial guidelines vary from state to state, but in general the cutoff is based on a percentage of the federal poverty level.

To find out if you qualify, your local Weatherization Assistance Program office by visiting the Weatherization Assistance Program Project Map and clicking on your state.

Further Information

8 COMMENTS

  1. I applied for the weatherization program in my county 6 months ago, and I ed them a couple of weeks ago to see where I am on the list. They said I am still way down on the list. My floors are cold, my walls are cold, and right now, I have bronchitis. Is there any kind of help out there

  2. Can u please help me to get my home a real home i need windows doors roof i need cabinet i need ever thing for this house can u please help me. i need help to fix this house up.

    • Hi, Benita! “Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford owns Lipford Construction, a Mobile, Alabama-based remodeling business. If you are local to the area, you’re welcome to 251-476-3323 for project estimates.
      If that is not an option, we recommend ing your area home builders association. Many of these organizations have local community service projects in which volunteers donate their time and expertise to someone in need.
      Use this link to find the home builders association near you: http://bit.ly/2oOa9mN
      Thanks for your question!

  3. I need help insulating my home it was built in 1902 & it stays cold all the time even with the furnace running. I can feel cold air from somewhere & the attic is the coldest & i have insulation for that but my back wont let me & its just sitting up there

  4. We haven’t owned the home quite a year, just found out it needs insulation in the attic badly. There’s no central air or heat and the cost of window units is just to much on a fixed income. We have a paralized cousin here ,my husband is also not the best shape. Can we get any help?

    • Hi, Elizabeth,
      We recommend ing your local Weatherization Assistance Program office; they can determine whether you’re eligible for the income-based program.
      Here’s that link: https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/weatherization-and-intergovernmental-programs-office
      Stay warm!

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