Since the creation of the Weatherization Assistance Program
40 years ago, the Utah program has weatherized more than 50,000 Utah homes,
saving millions of dollars for low-income Utah families.
But what does it mean to weatherize a home?
Old furnaces, poor insulation, inefficient appliances and air
leakage through doors, windows and roofs can wreak havoc on a family’s energy
bills. Weatherizing a home addresses those issues, making a home more energy
efficient and significantly reducing costs for the homeowner. Weatherizing can
include installing insulation, replacing an old furnace or wood burning stove, sealing
leaks, replacing doors and windows and installing weather stripping.
The Weatherization Assistance Program provides qualifying low-income
households with weatherization for their homes, including a technician coming
into the home to determine what improvements will be the most effective and then
completing those improvements.
Low-income households spend more than 14 percent of their
total annual income on energy, compared to other households that only spend
about 3 percent of their annual income on energy. Weatherizing a home can save
a low-income family 35 percent on energy costs, an average of $285 each year. Nationwide,
weatherized homes save $2 billion each year in energy costs for low-income
There are also improvements that anyone can make to their
home to increase efficiency and decrease costs. To learn more about how to make
your home more efficient or to see if you qualify to apply for the Weatherization
Assistance Program, visit jobs.utah.gov/housing/wap.