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Energy efficiency assistance available to area residents

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREMONT — The Home Weatherization Assistance Program operated by WSOS Community Action Commission is taking applications to help area residents make their homes more energy efficient. This is a free program that hopes to lower residents’ utility bills.

Energy efficiency measures provided by this program can reduce a home’s energy consumption by up to 27 percent per year.

“We encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for this program to contact us to begin the application process,” said Terry Jacobs, director of housing and energy at WSOS.

The program assists residents whose incomes are up to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

For example, this would mean that a four-person household with an annual income of $47,100 is eligible to receive this free assistance. This assistance is available to residents who live in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca, Erie and Huron counties.

HWAP is a federally-funded energy conservation program intended to assist income-eligible residents in making their homes more energy efficient. Services include a free energy audit of the home to determine what energy effective measures can be installed.

Many homes need insulated, which could include insulating attics, walls and floors. The program is available to homeowners and renters who fulfill the requirements for assistance.

In 2009, the income eligibility guideline was increased to 200 percent from 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This allows more residents to have access to the program.

For an application or information, call the WSOS Housing and Energy Department at 419-639-2802 or 800-775-9767. For information about WSOS, visit the website at where you can click on the red banner on the home page to submit an application for this assistance.