|The State of New Hampshire’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)* is designed to reduce household energy use and costs in the homes of low-income persons throughout the state by installing energy efficiency improvements. The overall goal of the Weatherization Program is to serve those low-income households that are most vulnerable to high-energy costs and who do not have the means of making cost-effective energy conservation improvements to their homes. (See the eligibility guidelines.)
OEP, whenever possible, collaborates with the electric and natural gas utilities' energy efficiency programs to enhance the weatherization services provided to low-income households in New Hampshire. See our Energy Efficiency Resources page for more information about the utility-sponsored programs — note that these programs are available to everyone, so they are a resource even if you are not eligible for WAP.
How to Apply
To apply for Weatherization Assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) to set up an appointment or learn more about the application process.
Once an applicant is determined income eligible, the application is placed on the waiting list. An energy auditor will contact the applicant to schedule a time to perform a comprehensive home energy audit.
- The audit includes diagnostic testing, which is performed by an OEP or Building Performance Institute (BPI)-certified energy auditor and will help determine if the building qualifies for weatherization.
If the building is determined as qualified, the energy auditor will then develop an energy audit report that will identify all cost effective energy saving improvements. From this list, qualified improvements will be installed based on order of highest savings.
- Typical high priority measures include: attic air sealing, installing attic insulation, installing wall insulation (where none exists) and air sealing and/or insulation of basements and crawl spaces.
For more information on what weatherization is and how it reduces energy costs, see this page of Frequently Asked Questions as well as these links to outside resources.
* The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) operates the Weatherization Program with grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Health and Human Services. OEP subcontracts with New Hampshire’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs), which are responsible for operating and delivering weatherization services at the local level.
For more information about Weatherization Assistance contact:
Weatherization Program Manager
Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor
107 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Voice: (603) 271-6359
Fax: (603) 271-2615