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Weatherization Assistance Program for comfortable, energy-saving homes

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a free service run through DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate that helps many homeowners and renters cut their energy bills by weatherproofing and improving the energy efficiency of their home.

Many households spend a large portion of their monthly income on utilities, trying to heat leaky homes while drafty doors and windows or poorly insulated walls, pipes, and crawl spaces allow heat to escape. Professionals from the Weatherization Assistance Program can help low-income households fix these problems by assessing the home and providing weatherstripping, insulation, energy efficient lightbulbs and other energy-saving measures all free of charge. Thousands of Delawareans have benefitted from this program; many have cut their energy bill by 30-50 percent.

What the Weatherization Assistance Program does:
A trained professional will evaluate your home and search for areas where energy can be saved. This may include providing:

  • Air sealing, caulking, glazing, weather-stripping and crack patching;
  • Replacement of broken glass;
  • Attic, wall and floor insulation, and ventilation;

    Benefits of Weatherization

    Safer and healthier homes: Certified weatherization workers review every home for air quality, properly functioning heating systems and water heaters, and safety devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Plus, weatherization measures keep a home comfortable not just in the winter, but all year round.

    Save money by saving energy: Weatherized homes use less energy, so you pay less. With the Weatherization Assistance Program, many Delaware residents have saved 30-50% on their utility bills. Nationally, weatherization can save homeowners around $400 a year.

    Protecting the environment: Weatherization and energy efficiency reduce a home’s carbon footprint, or the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in powering the home.

  • Seal heating and cooling ducts;
  • Insulation for hot water heaters, and hot and cold water pipes;
  • Other items or actions

Following the energy assessment (also known as a home energy audit), an independent contractor will visit your home and install the recommended measures. Then, another contractor will inspect and approve the work. Participation in the program requires some investment of time on multiple days by the homeowner, and someone age 18 or older must be present each time contractors are in your home.

The weatherization program can also cover one heating system maintenance check, maintenance that is suggested for homeowners to perform once a year. In addition, every customer will receive educational materials and information on how to conserve energy, make their home more comfortable, and how to lower fuel costs.

How to apply:
Contact your county's Catholic Charities office to set-up an application appointment. See below for contact information for each county. Before your appointment, you must gather the necessary documentation to bring to your scheduled appointment.

What you need to bring to your appointment:

  • Photo Identification for all Adults
  • Social Security cards for all household members
  • Verification of Ownership
  • Lease, if renter, and Landlord’s name, address and telephone number
  • Utility bills (electric, gas, oil and propane). 12-month histories are preferred.
  • Income Documentation for all adults:
    • Pay stubs for last 3 months
    • Social Security and SSI payment documentation
    • Public Assistance (TANF and GA)
    • Unemployment compensation

      Eligibility:
      To be eligible for assistances, households must meet eligibility guidelines:

      Household Size

      Household income

      1

      $23,760.00 

      2

      $32,040.00

      3

      $40,320.00

      4

      $48,600.00

      5

      $56,880.00

      6

      $65,160.00

      7

      $73,460.00

      8

      $81,780.00

    • Proof of child support and/or alimony
    • Proof of all types of pensions
    • Tax records for past 2 years

The Weatherization Assistance Program does not have sufficient resources to serve all customers requesting assistance. Once you’re deemed eligible, your name will be placed on a waiting list that prioritizes households based on need, the age and special needs of residents, and annual funding levels. Not all applicants are served in any one program year. Applicants who are not provided services within 12 months, must reapply every year to verify income eligibility.

The Weatherization Assistance Program operates throughout the year and is a statewide program overseen by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and administered by local agencies working under contract to DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate. Grant funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and state sources for administering the program.

Contact Catholic Charities to set up an appointment:

New Castle County
Catholic Charities, Inc.
2601 W. 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 654-9295

Kent County
Catholic Charities, Inc.
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 674-1782

Sussex County
Catholice Charities, Inc.
406 S. Bedford Street, Ste 9
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 856-6310

What the Weatherization Assistance Program cannot do:
The Weatherization Assistance Program is an energy conservation program. It is not a home repair program. We cannot use our resources for home improvement or other repairs to homes. We can only do minor repairs when such repairs are required to protect the energy conservation measures that need to be installed. We do not routinely replace windows, doors or home furnaces. We also do not install, service or repair air conditioners.

The following reports provide background information on program and financial monitoring by the US Department of Energy and updates made to the Generaly Assembly:

 

 


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