October is the beginning of Energy Awareness Month! With energy prices expected to increase drastically this winter, Weatherization and utility assistance (known in Utah as the HEAT program) are important services in reducing the energy burdens of households.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps individuals and families with low income reduce energy costs and increase comfort and safety in their homes. Individuals, families, the elderly, and the disabled who are making no more than 200 percent of the current federal poverty income level are eligible for help. Priority is given to the elderly and disabled, households with high-energy consumption, emergency situations and homes with preschool-age children.
Participating households average nearly 35 percent in savings, or approximately $583 per year, after the completion of weatherization improvements.
Many Community Action Agencies within the Utah network offer weatherization services to help community members - often in conjunction with utility assistance provided through the HEAT program.
Utility Assistance / HEAT Program
Thanks to investments in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), this uncoming HEAT season offers Utahns more help with their utilities than ever before. You may qualify for a heating benefit (Oct. - Mar.), cooling benefit (Apr. - Sept.) and water assistance when you apply for the HEAT Program.
Most Community Action Agencies in Utah, as well as additional community partners are ready to help households.