Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income North Carolinians save energy, reduce their utility bills, and stay safe in their homes. Its mission is to keep North Carolina citizens warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long while educating the public about energy efficiency and household safety. The program's focus is on the elderly, the disabled, families with children, high energy users, and the energy burdened.  The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality administers the Weatherization Assistance Program with annual funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In 2015, $23 million in federal grants allowed more than 1,600 homes to be weatherized and over 1,200 heating and air units in homes to be repaired or replaced throughout the state.  The program also creates job opportunities in communities where weatherization services are offered because it relies on plumbers, electricians, HVAC repairmen and general contractors, among others. In addition, the program provided smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, assistance with roof repairs, and help replace major appliances. 

More information on the Weatherization Assistance Program can be found in the Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan.