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February 14, 2011
Is Old Man Winter Picking Your Pocket?

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There are thousands of dollars in funds available for low-income families to weatherize their homes. Could you be eligible?


If youíre plagued by high winter heating bills, maybe your home needs weatherizing. This can be prohibitively expensive for low-income households, but there is a program that can help. Itís called WAP: the U.S. Department of Energyís Weatherization Assistance Program.

Each state uses WAP funds to pay for repairs and energy efficiency upgrades to the homes of qualified low-income families. To qualify, your income must usually be at or below 200 percent of the poverty level for your household size. Both homeowners and renters are eligible. To see if youíre eligible for WAP based on your income, visit for requirements.

Bottom Line: 30 million families are eligible for WAP. If yours is, donít delay signing up.

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