LIHEAP and WAP are the cornerstones of the State of Utah Weatherization Assistance Program and work together to provide energy assistance and education emphasizing energy conservation.
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The United States Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to help low-income families reduce energy consumption and costs. WAP is governed by various federal regulations designed to help manage and account for the resources provided by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). WAP funding is derived from annual appropriates from Congress. Each year, the Senate and House Interior Appropriations committees determine annual appropriations from Congress. The United States Department of Energy provides funding to states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian Tribal Governments, which manage the day-to-day details of the program.
The energy conservation resulting from these efforts of state and local agencies helps our country reduce its dependence on foreign oil and decrease the cost of energy for families in need while improving the health and safety of their homes.
The WAP program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance in dwellings of needy families using the most advance technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. Families receiving weatherization services see their annual energy bills reduced by an average of about $437, depending on fuel prices. Because the energy improvements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to substantial benefits for weatherization clients and their communities.
To apply for Weatherization Assistance, determine if you are eligible or for more information please see the Weatherization Page.
LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was created in 1981, is a United States federal social services program through the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and is funded annually through Congressional appropriations.
LIHEAP also funds Energy Crisis Funding (ECF), which serves individuals who are experiencing heating related crises. ECF provides assistance to low-income households that are in a crisis situation. Examples include a household that has received a service termination for faulty or damaged equipment by their utility company or an energy related crisis creating a life-threatening emergency within the applicant’s household.
To apply for Energy Crisis assistance, determine if you are eligible or for more information please see the Energy Crisis page.