The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)
More and more Ohioans are finding it difficult to pay the increasing costs of their electric and natural gas bills. One reason may be that the home has not been properly insulated. Unless a home has proper insulation or other systems in place to efficiently control temperatures, energy use may be higher and result in more expensive monthly bills. The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), your residential utility consumer advocate, offers the following information about the state Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) for consumers who are income-eligible.
What is HWAP?
The Home Weatherization Assistance Program is a federally-funded energy efficiency program available to income-eligible residential consumers. It is administered by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) and helps lower energy bills by properly weatherizing homes so heated or cooled air stays inside. Some of the free services included in the program are:
- Health and safety testing and inspections;
- Heating system repairs or replacements;
- Reduction of air leakage from major sources, such as a chimney or wall;
- Attic, wall, floor, duct, water tank, and basement insulation; and
- Personalized energy management plan.
Those approved for the HWAP program will receive a home inspection to determine which weatherization services will be most cost effective. Renters must have landlord approval.
Who is eligible?
Consumers are eligible for the program if they are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (see chart). Families who have received assistance in the past 12 months from the following programs are automatically eligible:
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP);
- Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus);
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or
- Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
Priority is given to Ohioans who are older than 60 years of age, those with disabilities, those with children in the home, and those households with high energy usage.
How to apply
To apply for HWAP, consumers should contact their local Community Action Agency. Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) applicants may apply for HWAP by checking the box for weatherization on the online application at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
For additional information, or to find your local Community Action Agency, visit www.development.ohio.gov or call ODOD at 1-800-282-0880.
2023-2024 Income Guidelines
200% of Total Gross
* For families/households with more than 8 persons, please contact your local community action agency.
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