Weatherization Assistance Program
The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to improve energy efficiency for income-eligible households while assuring health and safety. Our energy auditors, who are BPI certified, will evaluate the home/apartment to determine what can be done to improve heating and cooling efficiencies. The energy conservation resulting from these efforts helps reduce dependency on foreign oil and decreases the cost of energy for consumers while improving the health and safety of their homes.
People We Serve
These programs serve residents of East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, and Jamestown. Applicants must be income-eligible through the LIHEAP program’s income guidelines, or by Rhode Island Energy’s basic residential rate of A-60, including homeowners or renters. A landlord must be income-eligible and live on the property of a 1-4 unit building.
These programs are free. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is operated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and in Native American Tribes.
Grant funding is used to improve the energy efficiency of homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry, including:
- Insulating walls, attics, and basements
- Addressing health and safety issues by inspecting the heating system and checking for gas leaks and carbon monoxide levels
- Heat System Replacement Program (HSR): replaces inefficient or broken heating systems to owner-occupied homes (HSR provides a pre-inspection by a licensed state inspector)
- Appliance Management Program (AMP): a Rhode Island Energy funded program, administered through the Weatherization Assistance Program, it is an energy conservation program that reduces electrical consumption by exchanging inefficient refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, window air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and light bulbs with efficient new models
Location(s) of the Program
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
How You Can Enroll
Call the Weatherization Assistance Program office at 401-437-1000 for more information.