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Background of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), authorized by the Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings Act of 1976, Title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act, was established to help low-income families reduce energy costs by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. The program is intended to reduce national energy consumption and reduce the impact of higher fuel costs on low-income families.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency. Funds are used to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The energy conservation resulting from the 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 Pennsylvania WAP was initiated in 1977 and is funded by (DOE). It is administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Center for Community Services. Direct weatherization services are provided through a network of public and non-profit agencies operating either single or multi-county areas serving all 67 counties within the Commonwealth. Weatherization services primarily involve diagnostic assessment of air leakage, health and safety repairs, electric baseload measures, and client energy education.

Additional program funding is received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the PA Department of Human Services (DHS) as part of their Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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