Low-income households typically spend 19 percent of their total annual income on energy bills, and often must cut back on other necessities to pay utility bills.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) manages Georgia’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which offers long-term relief to families throughout the state by performing energy-conservation measures in their homes, and providing energy-efficiency education. The efforts of the Weatherization Assistance Program not only help residents save money and energy, but address health and safety concerns in their homes and contribute to a better quality of life. The program, launched nationally in 1976 and administered under the U.S. Department of Energy, has helped more than 6.3 million households.
Weatherization makes homes more energy efficient through a series of energy-conservation measures. Homes that have been weatherized require less energy to heat and cool, resulting in lower utility bills. It requires advanced diagnostic skills and cost-effective measure selection and installation.
Energy-efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing, wall and attic insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, and hot water tank and pipe insulation. Single-family homes, multi-family buildings and mobile homes are eligible. Household energy use reductions and the resulting energy cost savings are significant, with average savings in excess of 20 percent.
GEFA contracts with 16 community action agencies, one local government and one nonprofit organization to provide weatherization services for all 159 counties. If you're interested in applying for the Weatherization Assistance Program:
- Contact the local service provider for your county. The agency will determine whether you’re eligible for the program.
- If you qualify, an energy audit will be conducted on your home, which includes evaluating energy-related health and safety conditions.
- If you are accepted into the program, a weatherization crew will install the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures in your home.
Last year, Georgia’s Weatherization Assistance Program weatherized 2,193 homes in Georgia, saving 64,142 million Btus of energy.
For more information about the weatherization program, visit the GEFA's website.