How WAP Programs Help Low-Income Households Weatherize Efficiently | NowThis

This program helps low-income households save money while becoming more energy efficient — here's how it works.
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In US news and current events today, meet Crystal Barnes — a lifelong resident of Winston-Salem, NC. Here's how a WAP program was able to radically change the burden of her electricity bills of a low-income household.

In 2019, she applied for a local Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Government-run WAPs are designed to help low income households save energy and money by improving their homes’ energy efficiency.

Through this program, contractors installed new appliances in Barnes' home that could better retain heat and conduct airflow. Her previous electricity bills were as high as $500 a month.

The average cost of home modifications covered by the program is $4,000. The average annual amount saved on energy bills in weatherized homes according to the US Dept. of Energy is $283.

The percentage of annual income spent on energy in low-income households, compared to 3.5% for other households. The median annual income of households in Forsyth County, NC where Carson lives is around $50,000.

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