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A Home Energy Professionals Certifications Energy Auditor performs a Blower Door Test in Colorado.
The Energy Department joins states across the nation today in celebrating National Weatherization Day, a salute to the noble public policy mission undertaken by the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the network of weatherization providers, dedicated home energy professionals and the millions of families the program serves.
For nearly forty years, WAP has advanced greater energy efficiency in low-income households—including homes for the elderly, the disabled, and children—through grants to states, territories, and some Indian tribes. Since its inception, the program has facilitated energy efficiency improvements at more than 7 million homes. These upgrades enhance insulation, air sealing, and heating and cooling systems. They save money for families, improve health and safety for home occupants, support thousands of jobs, and reduce carbon pollution.
Though many state governments recognize the importance of WAP’s work and the work of state and local weatherization service providers every day, it is this day each year there is often a special celebration, event or even gubernatorial or mayoral proclamation. Last year, several states and commonwealths joined the federal government in recognizing National Weatherization Day, including: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Today, WAP celebrates its past successes and rededicates itself to finding the best weatherization solutions for low-income households. New initiatives like the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project ensure that the program’s best days are ahead. The Guidelines are the first nationally supported standards for work quality, workforce credentialing, and professional training. WAP has integrated the guidelines into a quality work plan that will establish a benchmark for quality home energy upgrades. The program aims to expand the Guidelines throughout the home energy performance industry, resulting in a national baseline for quality in all home energy upgrades.
WAP continues to be at the cutting edge of its trade, providing high-quality energy services to the people who need them most. It is a modest investment, which pays for itself, while improving the lives of our fellow citizens and delivering benefits across the spectrum of American homes and businesses. A recently released national evaluation of the program showed that a weatherized single-family home saves an average of $283 annually in energy costs, and that installed efficiency measures have an average savings-to-investment ratio of $1.47.
From providing technological advancements that can benefit every American home, to ensuring that children and the elderly have the opportunity to live in a warm, safe, and healthy home - the Weatherization Assistance Program works. The Energy Department believes in it and the program owes its longevity to sustaining local communities through compassionate service. Today and every day of the year, the Energy Department continues its support and appreciation of the national network of weatherization workers, providers and the millions of families impacted by the important work of the program.