Weatherization Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, thereby lowering energy bills for eligible families. This comprehensive program offers a range of services aimed at improving the overall living conditions and well-being of participants. The program provides weatherization services to approximately 35,000 homes every year and supports more than 8,500 jobs, including those highlighted on the Green Buildings Career Map.
Through weatherization improvements and upgrades, low-income households save on average $372 or more every year according to a national evaluation of the program. Since the program began in 1976, the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped improve the lives of more than 7 million families through weatherization services.
Key Program Components:
- Energy Efficiency Upgrades:
- The Program conducts energy audits to identify areas for improvement and implements cost-effective measures to enhance energy efficiency. This includes insulation, weather stripping, and upgrades to heating and cooling systems.
- Health and Safety Enhancements:
- The Program prioritizes health and safety by addressing potential hazards within homes. This involves measures to improve indoor air quality, reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure, and ensure the proper functioning of heating systems.
- Job Creation and Economic Impact:
- The Program contributes significantly to job creation, supporting approximately 8,500 jobs nationwide. These jobs include roles such as energy auditors, quality control inspectors, insulation installers, HVAC technicians, and other skilled professionals involved in the implementation of energy efficiency measures.
- Community Resilience:
- By reducing energy costs for low-income households, the Program enhances the financial resilience of these communities. Participants experience a decrease in their energy bills, allowing them to allocate resources to other essential needs.
- Environmental Impact:
- The Program aligns with broader environmental goals by promoting energy efficiency, which reduces overall energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. This contributes to the nation's efforts to mitigate climate change.
- Collaboration and Partnerships:
- The Program collaborates with state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and utility companies to maximize its impact. Partnerships play a crucial role in identifying eligible households, coordinating services, and ensuring the sustainability of energy efficiency improvements.
- Educational Outreach:
- The Program engages in educational outreach to raise awareness about energy efficiency and its benefits. This empowers low-income households with the knowledge to maintain and sustain energy-efficient practices beyond the program's direct interventions.
Learn more about the Weatherization Assistance Program here: https://www.energy.gov/scep/wap/weatherization-assistance-program
Locate the administrator of your state's Weatherization Assistance Program here: https://www.energy.gov/scep/wap/how-apply-weatherization-assistance
Green Workforce Connect
Green Workforce Connect will be a central hub for job seekers, contractors, and other stakeholders to learn about weatherization careers and connect directly with employers in their area. While it is not a traditional job board, it provides opportunities to connect directly with local employers and training providers. It offers compelling and extensively vetted information about why weatherization matters, what different job roles involve, and much more.
Green Workforce Connect is being unveiled in a pilot phase which covers jobs in three states—Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The platform will be expanded to a national scope later in 2024. A priority of this initiative will be to reach new and diverse audiences and help them access family-sustaining careers.