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WAP: Saving energy, money by the book

Remember those late night infomercials that explained how viewers could obtain free money from the government?

While it is not free money, there is at least one government program that can actually help you save money: TDHCA’s Weatherization Assistance Program (“WAP”).

WAP reduces the energy consumption of low-income households by increasing the home’s energy efficiency, saving money on utility costs for other necessities.

Weatherization typically consists of caulking and weather-stripping; ceiling, wall, and floor insulation; sealing holes in ducts and the building envelope; and repairing or replacing inefficient heating and cooling systems.

This may not sound very glamorous, but it can make a world of difference for thousands of income-eligible Texas households.

The Texas State Data Center estimates that households whose income qualifies them to receive WAP assistance spend 12.5 percent of their annual income on home energy costs, compared with just 4 percent for households who do not qualify.

The program is administered through a network of local service providers – nonprofit organizations and local governments – collectively serving all 254 Texas counties.

To find the WAP provider serving your county, visit the Help for Texans tab on this web site. Help for Texans is a quick, three-step interactive Web tool that can point visitors to a wealth of local resources.

You’ll soon find out how WAP can help you close the book on high utility bills.

 

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