Under the Weatherization Assistance Program, AEA and its member agencies in downstate New York deliver energy efficiency upgrades in buildings where low-income persons live. There are fourteen nonprofit subgrantees offering Weatherization in their designated service areas. AEA’s service area covers portions of the Bronx and central Queens. There we assess energy savings opportunities work with owners to select a cost-effective scope of work, prepare specifications for selected energy conservation measures, procure contractors with competitive sealed bids, and manage the installation of energy conservation measures to eligible homeowners and buildings. In other sections of the City and downstate New York, we play ongoing consulting, mentoring, and training roles in support of local WAP subgrantees under contract with the State of New York.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income households – particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, and children – to reduce their energy use and costs by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. The program is administered by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR), and funded annually by the U.S. Department of Energy. WAP also receives funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LI-HEAP) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By making their homes more energy efficient, these dollars help to lower the household’s energy bills for many years to come, not just with a one-time infusion of cash. The Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. provides weatherization services to low income families in the South Bronx and sections of Queens under contract with NYSHCR.
The owner of the house/building must fill out an application and households residing in at least fifty percent of the units must meet income guidelines. After approval of the application AEA conducts a comprehensive professional building analysis of the applicant’s home or building, and based on that analysis and the funds available, installs cost-effective weatherization measures. Certain measures are installed directly by AEA’s experienced crews. Others are installed by qualified contractors selected through a rigorous competitive bidding process and subject to program oversight and quality control inspections by both AEA and the State.
The measures which may be indicated by the building analysis fall into five major categories:
1. Heating Efficiency Measures
2. Infiltration Measures
3. Conduction Measures
5. Health and Safety
For more information about WAP contact:
- Francis Rodriguez
- 718.292.6733 Ext:211