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Contact

Call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880 during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday.

For the hearing-impaired with a telecommunication device for the deaf (TTD), call toll-free number (800) 686-1557 or in Franklin County, call (614) 752-8808

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

The Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) provides eligible Ohioans with assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce energy costs. The goals of the program are to improve the health and safety for vulnerable Ohioans, reduce energy consumption and thereby reduce energy costs for the homeowner. Ohioans participating in the HWAP program will receive a home inspection to identify the services necessary to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Services are provided by local providers in each county. Ohioans should contact their county provider to start the application process.

Who's Eligible

Ohioans with a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.

Priority is given to Ohioans who are older than age of 60, those with disabilities, those with children in the home, and households with a high energy usage and/or burden. All families who have received assistance any time during the last 12 months under Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) (does not include Emergency HEAP) are automatically income eligible for weatherization services. Please remember an application must be submitted in order to apply for services.

Size of Family Poverty Guideline
1 up to $23,760
2 up to $32,040
3 up to $40,320
4 up to $48,600
5 up to $56,880
6 up to $65,160
7 up to $73,460
8 up to $81,780

For households with more than eight (8) members, add $8,320 for each additional member.

Participants in the program receive a home energy inspection to determine the most cost-effective energy efficiency improvements for the home. After the inspection is complete a plan for improving the home’s energy efficiency is drafted. The plan may include:

  • Safety inspection, tune-up/repair, and if necessary, installation of heating units
  • Insulation of attics
  • Insulation of sidewalls
  • Insulation of heating ducts
  • Insulation of floors
  • Insulation of water tanks
  • Reduction of air leakage from major sources
  • Personalized energy management plans

Customers also receive information on ways to manage their day-to-day energy use.

To apply you need to complete the Energy Assistance Program application and contact your local HWAP provider. The application can be found here along with a list of HWAP providers.

Applications are also available at local libraries, Local Community Action Agencies, county Job and Family Services offices, Area Agencies on Aging, and local utility offices

Along with a complete application, customers must include proof of income for the past 12 months and a copy of their recent fuel/utility bills. Please remember to sign your application. Not signing the application will delay the application process.

The waiting list for assistance (after eligibility has been determined) varies from provider to provider and, in some cases, could be months.
Once you have completed your application, and signed it mail it to your local weatherization provider. A list of weatherization providers can be found here.

A home may be weatherized only once and may not be re-weatherized unless the weatherization date is prior to September 1994.

Families who live in federally subsidized housing where the heat is included in the rent may be eligible for weatherization. Families that have their secondary heat source (electric) in an adult household member’s name may still quality for assistance. Please contact your local HWAP provider for more details.

Yes, you can apply for the weatherization program if you participate in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or the HEAP Summer or Winter Crisis Programs.

If you are facing disconnection or have been disconnected from your utility service, please call your local Community Action Agency. The agency can help you identify resources to maintain your utility service.

You can call the Ohio Development Services Agency’s hotline (800) 282-0880 or your local weatherization provider.