The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces heating and cooling costs by improving the energy efficiency of the home. Measures may include:
- Address air-infiltration (weather stripping, caulking, thresholds, window and door repairs);
- Install attic insulation;
- Wrap water heaters;
- Install energy efficient light bulbs & smoke detectors;
- Repair inefficient heating/cooling units;
- Install solar screens;
- Apply solar reflective coating to manufactured homes.
Before being accepted, a signed application must be accompanied by proof of current income for all household members, a photo ID of the applicant, documentation of property ownership, signed owner agreement to repair, rental agreement (if applicable), and copy of recent utility bill and other forms.
After eligibility is determined, an on-site evaluation and diagnostic test is completed. This includes a blower door test for air infiltration, carbon monoxide test, inspection of structural conditions and health & safety inspection.
Once the diagnostic test evaluation is complete, a work-plan is approved and weatherization services are provided by cost-effective professionals.
Post-weatherization services provide final testing and inspection of quality and workmanship.
Also, client utility bills are checked 30 days after work is completed.
Energy Conservation Tips
- Behavior affects energy usage. Homeowners may conserve energy and money by following these tips:
- Pay electric bill on time in order to avoid interest charges.
- Be more aware of your energy costs and set a goal to reduce consumption.
- Clean or replace filters each month during the heating and cooling seasons or when necessary.
- Set thermostat at a constant temperature. 76°F is recommended for summer and 68°F is recommended for winter.
- Use ceiling fans for cooling and raise the thermostat 3 to 4 degrees.
- Keep windows and doors closed when system is operating during heating or cooling seasons.
- Turn off lights, radios and televisions when not in use or no one is in the room.
- Avoid excessive refrigerator trips and keep doors properly closed.
- Wash and dry full loads. Use the clothesline, when possible, to dry clothes.
- Never use your stove burners to heat your home.
Funding for these programs is received through the Florida Department Economic Opportunity. Extent of services to be provided is contingent on funding.