WAP Permanently Reduces Energy Bills

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

More than 3,000 families in Alabama have taken advantage of the Weatherization Assistance Program, also known as WAP.

WAP is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

It is designed to provide energy savings for low-income families, helping them to keep more cash into their pockets.

"This is an example of the blown in insulation we have in the
house. Our ceilings are all insulated with the R30 blown in insulation," said Mark Everett, Owner of Everett Construction as he shows the latest home he weatherized.

Although Everett weatherizes new homes, there are several construction companies in the Wiregrass, in the WAP program.

"They have great technology to go into existing homes and have not been insulated as well as they should have and these guys do the sealing and give an incredible savings on your energy bills."

Significant savings on your energy bills is the design for the program.

An average household can save more than $400 a year.

“Lower energy bills are the main advantage. [Weatherizing] will prevent a cold draft coming from under the door will make your heater run all day,” said Ray Kenyon, Lowe’s Department Manager.

Alabama was allocated $72-million to be used over 3 years for the energy-saving program.

In order to qualify, you must own your home and meet income requirements.

For the average home, "weatherproofing" can cost more than $6,500.

The program is available in all 67 Alabama counties.

More than 6-million homes across the nation have been weatherized through the program.

To learn more about it visit www.adeca.state.al.us.

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