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Call HWAP toll-free 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.

How it works

Ohioans can apply for HWAP by completing the Energy Assistance Program application. Applications are available at local libraries, local Community Action Agencies, county Job and Family Services offices, Area Agencies on Aging, and local utility offices.

A copy of the application can be downloaded here:

Energy Assistance Programs Application

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 note the waiting list for assistance (after eligibility has been determined) varies from provider to provider and, in some cases, could be months. Applicants are encouraged to contact their local weatherization provider about their interest in weatherization services.

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.

Please remember that not signing your application will delay 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 and those with disabilities. All families who have received assistance any time during the last 12 months under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) (does not include Emergency HEAP) are automatically eligible for weatherization services. For 2015 the income levels are:

Size of Family Poverty Guideline
1 $23,340
2 $31,460
3 $39,580
4 $47,700
5 $55,820
6 $63,940
7 $72,060
8 $80,180

For households with more than eight (8) members, add $8,120 for each additional member.

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

Energy Assistance Programs Application

Aplicacion Combinada para Los Programas de Asistencia para Energia

Contact your local provider for a list of required documentation, which may include but is not limited to proof of income for all household members for the past 12 months and copies of energy bills.

A home may be weatherized only once and may not be re-weatherized unless the weatherized 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.

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 homes energy efficiency is drafted. The plan can 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.

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, you can receive additional assistance through the Winter Crisis Program. The program accepts applications from November until March.

To receive this assistance you must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level and facing disconnection or are disconnected from your utility service.

If you are facing disconnection and have an income above 175 percent of the federal poverty level, you can use the PUCO Winter Reconnection Order. More information on the PUCO Winter Reconnection Order can be found on the PUCO website.

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