Green building is applicable for people of all income levels. Several programs are available to provide free weatherization services to low income households.
California Low-Income Energy Efficiency Weatherization Program
WHAT IS WAP?
The purpose of WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of homes owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures such as heating and cooling bills, and improve the health and safety of families.
Weatherization is the process of making your home more energy efficient, thereby reducing energy usage and costs. Some of the more common types of weatherization include: sealing the holes and cracks around windows, doors and pipes, ensuring proper levels of insulation, fixing or replacing windows, putting an insulated blanket around your water heater and making sure your heating and air conditioning systems are working properly.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) This Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The program takes a whole house approach by providing energy saving appliances, energy efficient light bulbs, weather stripping, programmable thermostats, and in some cases a new furnace and energy efficient windows.
By reducing the energy bills of low-income families instead of offering aid, weatherization liberates the family budget to spend money on more pressing family issues. According to the Department of Energy, ". . . on average, weatherization reduces heating bills by 31% and overall energy bills by $237 per year."
State of Nevada Energy Assistance Program The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) assists low-income Nevadans with the cost of home energy. Funding is provided from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and from Universal Energy Charge (UEC) monies distributed through the Nevada Fund for Energy Assistance and Conservation.