New York’s Weatherization Assistance Program Helps Lower Energy Costs

New York’s Weatherization Assistance Program Helps Lower Energy Costs

Last updated on January 11th, 2024

While the winter months in New York can be particularly tough for low-income households, there’s a special program to help lower energy costs, reduce energy use, and boost a healthy and safe environment.

It’s called the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

WAP provides assistance to low-income households, based on thresholds announced in November of 2023. It is available to homeowners, renters, and rental property owners (of houses or apartment buildings), with priority given to seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.

A household with a member receiving Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or other public assistance benefits is automatically eligible for WAP. Homeowners, affordable housing developers, property managers, and other housing and community development agencies may also be eligible.

To apply, contact a WAP service provider for your area. You’ll submit an application and the provider will determine your eligibility.  If approved to participate, the provider’s own crew or subcontractors perform the work.

The program kicks off with an on-site energy audit which helps evaluate a home for services. Approved services are performed and quality assured with a follow-up inspection.

Example of services that may be performed include attic and wall insulation; repair or replacement of heating system; efficient lighting and refrigeration; crack and hole sealing; window and/or outside door replacement or repair; minor repairs to maximize weatherization services; and services to mitigate health and safety issues related to heating and cooling.

There is no cost for services to the home’s occupant. Property owners help cover any costs. For more details about WAP, click here. For a list of WAP providers by county, click here.

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