Submitted by West CAP

GLENWOOD CITY, WI – On October 30, 2017 the nation celebrated National Weatherization Day!  The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was signed into law by President Ford in 1976 and since then over 7.4 million homes across the United States have benefited from lower energy use, improved indoor air quality, and measures to improve the health and safety for renters and home owners alike.  After weatherization an average family will spend $283 less per year to heat their home and $514 less in out-of-pocket medical expense as a result of improved indoor air quality. 

For 40 years WAP has contributed to American job growth and economic stimulation and in fact, during a three and one-half year period that began with the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act the program weatherized a staggering 1 million homes!  Presently the program directly supports 8,500 jobs across the nation and thousands more in related industries. 

Here in west central Wisconsin, West CAP, based in Glenwood City, administers the Wisconsin Weatherization Assistance Program in conjunction with the Wisconsin Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  West CAP weatherizes about 250 homes per year in its seven county (Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix) service territory, reducing the energy burden and improving the quality of life for hundreds of people every year in our region.  Typical services may include attic air-sealing and insulation, new refrigerator and freezers that use less electricity, and heating system efficiency upgrades.  

On average these homes require about 30% less energy to heat and 7% fewer Kilowatts of electricity after weatherization.  West CAP was the first Community Action Agency in the nation to operate a federally funded home weatherization program and their pioneering work and expertise over the years since has resulted in innovative approaches to reducing home energy costs.  In one demonstration project, West CAP was able retrofit homes that produce more clean energy than the homes consume.

To learn more, contact West CAP, 715-265-4271, or visit www.westcap.org.