A program which may be unfamiliar to many is the Weatherization Assistance Program or WAP. It is run by the U.S. Department of Energy which gives money to the states to distribute to local governments, community action agencies or nonprofits. They, in turn, use that money to assist low income homeowners and even renters in reducing their energy costs.
If you are approved, an inspector will come to your home and conduct an energy audit. This will involve checking for heat loss as well as safety features. If the audit shows that your home could benefit, a work crew will come to do such things as add insulation, plug leaks, improve dryer vents or install weatherstripping.
There is a limit to how much can be spent on each home, but everything that is done is free. This is a wonderful opportunity for low income families to reduce their heat bills and improve the safety of their residences. The application process is easy and quick.
To find out more and to learn how to apply check here: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/wap_apply.html. If you look on the right side of that page, you will see a box that gives you a link to the contact person for your state.