How Weatherization Works
Weatherization has operated for more than 40 years and is the nation’s largest single “whole-house” energy efficiency program. The Program’s primary purpose, established by law, is “…to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential energy expenditures, and improve their health and safety, especially low-income persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, the disabled, and children.”
Michigan’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded, low-income residential energy conservation program. The program provides free home energy conservation services to low-income Michigan homeowners and renters. These services reduce energy use and lower utility bills, thus creating more self-sufficient households. The WAP program allows homes to maintain heat better in the winter and keep it at bay in the summer. According to national studies, households that receive weatherization services can expect heating costs to be reduced 20 to 25 percent. At today’s fuel cost, that amounts to about a $300 savings. As fuel costs continue to rise, even greater savings will result.
- Home Energy Audit
- Wall Insulation
- Attic Insulation and Ventilation
- Foundation Insulation
- Furnace/Water Heater Inspection
- Air Leakage Reduction
- Smoke Detectors
- Dryer Venting
- Energy Education
A trained inspector will assess eligible dwellings for energy conservation needs. A typical inspection will include Blower Door testing for air leakage, Combustion Appliance testing of furnaces and water heaters for safety and efficiency, and a Health and Safety inspection. A computerized auditing program determines which measures are most cost effective for each individual dwelling.
Eligibility is based on household income being at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Recipients of the Family Independence Program (FIP) administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) or those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) automatically qualify for this no-cost program.
Community Action Agencies provide weatherization services statewide. Both homeowners and renters may apply, eligibility is based on federal poverty guidelines. For more information about the Weatherization Program, contact your local Weatherization Operator. Refer to either the state map on the Michigan DHS website or to the agency locator map to locate the agency serving your area.
Only local Weatherization Operators (CAAs) can make eligibility determinations for this program due to many variables.