Program Description

The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides eligible households with full-scale home energy efficiency services.

The program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, and administered by a network of local agencies, in many areas the same agency that administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP or Fuel Assistance) program. See the "How to Apply" section below to find the local weatherization agency.

Eligible Applicants

Households that are eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP or Fuel Assistance) are eligible for weatherization services. In addition, households with a member receiving TAFDC or SSI are categorically eligible.  Eligibility is based on a maximum gross annual income not to exceed 60% of the Estimated State Median Income. Priority of service is given to those households with elderly, disabled, children (6 and under), LIHEAP high-energy costs, and Native Americans. Homeowners and tenants with their landlord's permission are eligible.


Typical weatherization activities include:

  • Air sealing to reduce infiltration
  • Attic Insulation
  • Sidewall Insulation
  • Floor Insulation
  • Pipe and/or Duct insulation
  • Limited Energy Related Repairs.

Homes also receive a thorough evaluation of the heating system as well as health and safety testing of all combustion appliances. Local licensed and insured private-sector weatherization contractors complete the work at no cost to the residents. The local agency inspects all completed work to be certain that the authorized work was completed in a satisfactory manner.

Funding Limits

An average of $4,500 in allowable energy efficiency measures is available for eligible households. Households may also be eligible for a variety of utility funded energy efficiency programs that vary by utility service area. 

Selection Criteria

Households must be eligible for the LIHEAP (Fuel Assistance) program or have a member receiving TAFDC or SSI. Priority of service is given to those households with elderly, disabled, children (6 and under), LIHEAP high-energy costs, and Native Americans. Applicants may contact their local weatherization agency to express interest in the program.

How To Apply

An application for the Fuel Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also serves as the application for the Weatherization Assistance Program.  To find out where to apply, click here: Fuel Assistance Agency Resource Locator. You may also contact the HEATLINE at 1-800-632-8175 to learn where to apply. Please call ahead for an appointment to fill out the application with an intake worker. Households will be required to verify their income, household characteristics, and address.

Applications Guidelines

Households with a gross annual income that does not exceed 60% of the Estimated State Median Income may be eligible for weatherization services. Additionally households in which a member receives Supplemental Social Security (SSI) or TAFDC benefits are also eligible.

Program Resources

WAP Technical Manual pdf format of waptechnicalmanual.pdf
file size 8MB

Massachusetts FY 2013-2014 Combined DOE WAP State Plan pdf format of mass-fy2013-2014doewapstateplan.pdf
file size 39MB

Other Resources

DOE Weatherization Assistance Program

Energy Star

Home Energy Saver

Mass Save

Electric Utility Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Mass Save

NStar Electric

National Grid

Western Mass Electric

UNITIL

Cape Light Compact

Gas Utility Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Mass Save

Berkshire Gas

Columbia Gas

Liberty Utilities

NStar Gas

UNITIL

National Grid

Gas Networks

Contact

For additional information about Weatherization, the Fuel Assistance Program
or HEARTWAP, please call the HEATLINE at 1-800-632-8175.

For more information about other DHCD Energy programs, please call: 617-573-1400.