Nationwide Recognition Highlights Importance of Weatherization to Low-Income Households, the Environment, and the Economy
It’s no secret that lower-income households spend a disproportionate percentage of their income on the basics. The lower your income, the greater the burden of paying for housing, food, transportation, and most other necessities of day-to-day living. Energy costs are no exception. Lower-income Wisconsinites may spend as much as 12% of their income on energy, compared to 3% for the average Wisconsin household. Often they are forced to cut back on food, medicine, or other necessities in order to pay their energy bills.
Each year, October 30th is recognized as Weatherization Day to call nationwide attention to the impact of energy costs on low-income households and to highlight the importance of weatherization assistance available to lower-income households through initiatives like the state’s weatherization program, a component of Wisconsin’s Home Energy Plus Program. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), weatherization services are available in each of the 50 states and the District Columbia, as well as through Native American tribes. Continue reading