Lowcountry Community Action Agency, Inc.

Weatherization Assistance Program

It's a fact: weatherization works! In the 3 decades since its founding in 1976, U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program has provided weatherization services to more than 6.2 million low-income families. It is a record of service to some of society's neediest citizens that also benefits our nation by reducing our energy dependency, improving the environment, and stimulating economic development in low-income communities.

Through this program, weatherization service providers install energy efficiency measures in the homes of qualifying homeowners free of charge. These are not expensive upgrades—the average expenditure limit is $6,500 per home—but they are effective, and energy savings pay for the upgrades within a few years. DOE documents the savings and compares them against costs, so that over the years it can determine the efficacy of these measures.

Weatherization has helped spawn an energy efficiency industry for residential housing. This industry today employs thousands of people who work in low-income weatherization alone. Weatherization employees work in companies that help homeowners increase their energy efficiency through low-cost measures. Many of the standardized techniques and procedures in today's industry were first developed and tested by the Weatherization Program. And through weatherization, DOE continues to develop and test in the field new advances in home energy science.

DOE provides funding and technical guidance to the states, but the states run their own programs and set rules for issues such as eligibility. They also select service providers, which are usually nonprofit agencies that serve families in their communities, and review their performance for quality. Together, this group of more than 900 agencies makes up a nationwide weatherization network.

For a complete list of program benefits, see the fact sheet published by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) titled Weatherization Assistance Program—The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 

The Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. During the last 40 years, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program has provided weatherization services to more than 6.2 million low-income families. For more information about the weatherization program and how you can have your home weatherized, contact local Weatherization Quality Inspector, Roger Washington at 843-549-5576 x 105 or email: roger.washington@lowcountrycaa.org

Weatherization provides a lasting solution to high energy bills by addressing the cause through energy efficiency.

Contact Info
Serving Colleton and Hampton Counties
319 E. Washington Street,
Post Office Box 1726
Walterboro, SC 29488

Phone: Colleton
(843) 549-5576
Phone: Hampton
(803) 943-3561

Head Start and Early Head Start
Colleton:(843) 835-2760
Hampton: (803) 625-9681
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