Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) of is offered through the Delaware Division of Climate and Energy and administered through Catholic Charities of Delaware who provides weatherization services to Delaware's low-income community. Its goal is to reduce energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. In addition, the program makes people’s homes healthier, safer, and more comfortable.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average household saves $437 per year on their energy costs after receiving weatherization services. WAP provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the fuel assistance needed by low-income households, who spend a large amount of their total annual income on energy costs alone. Weatherization is also a highly cost-effective investment: For every $1 invested in the program, WAP returns an estimated $2.50 to the household and to society.
The process starts with a comprehensive energy audit conducted by a trained professional. The auditor will visit your home, diagnose the home’s energy profile, and may prescribe the installation of one or more of the following measures:
- Air sealing, caulking, glazing, weather-stripping and crack patching
- Replacement of broken glass
- Attic, wall and floor insulation, and ventilation
- Seal heating and cooling ducts
- Insulation for hot water heaters and hot and cold water pipes
- Other items recommended by the auditor
Contact the Weatherization Assistance Program team for assistance or for more information about the program.