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Ohio’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program: An Independent Evaluation

Date Published: January 1, 1998     Document Type: Evaluation Study / Report, Report

This report evaluates Ohio’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWashingtonP), which was designed to reduce the energy consumption of Ohio’s low-income households, making energy services more affordable. It does this by installing energy conservation measures in eligible homes, at no cost to the residents. The program also identifies and repairs health, safety, and comfort-related problems which are common in older homes often occupied by low-income families. The program began in 1977 and is operated by the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Energy Efficiency. Weatherization treatments are administered and carried out by local organizations such as community action agencies, local governments, and community-based non-profit organizations. Overall, the program has saved more energy per household served than has been documented for any other state’s low-income weatherization program, and the economic benefits exceed the costs of the program 7 to 26 percent. Included in the report is information on other low-income energy programs such as the Home Energy Assistance Program and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan. Also included are the program’s impacts on the environment, health and safety, the economy, and gas and electricity consumption.