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Energy efficiency assistance available to area residents

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP), operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, is currently taking applications to help area residents make their homes more energy efficient and so lower their utility bills. This is a free program.

Energy efficiency measures provided by this program can reduce a home’s energy consumption by up to 27 percent per year.

“We encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for this program to contact us to begin the application process,” said Terry Jacobs, Director of Housing & Energy at WSOS.

The program assists residents whose incomes are up to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For example, this would mean that a four-person household with an annual income of $47,100 is eligible to receive this free assistance. This assistance is available to residents who live in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca, Erie, and Huron counties.  

HWAP is a federally funded energy conservation program intended to assist income-eligible residents in making their homes more energy efficient. Services include a free energy audit of the home to determine what energy effective measures can be installed. Many homes need insulated which could include insulating attics, walls, floors, etc. The program is available to both homeowners and renters who fulfill the requirements for assistance.

WSOS has operated this program since 1975, assisting over 11,000 households to help reduce their heating costs by up to $400 per year. In 2009, the income eligibility guideline was increased to 200 percent from 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This allows more residents to have access to the program.

For an application or more information, call the WSOS Housing & Energy Department at 419-639-2802 or toll free at 1-800-775-9767. For more information about WSOS, visit the website at www.wsos.org where you can click on the red banner on the home page to submit a pre-application for this assistance.

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