Nat'l Weatherization Evaluations
The U.S. Department of Energy released the full results of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) evaluations covering program years 2008 and 2010. See the full reports on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s website under WAP Retrospective Evaluation and WAP Recovery Act Evaluation.
The evaluations showed families very satisfied with the program and reporting many health and well-being benefits, such as:
- Fewer times when they paid utility bills instead of buying food – in fact, fewer households needed food assistance after weatherization;
- Using fewer, or no, short-term high interest loans;
- Less-drafty homes and less incidence of roaches or vermin;
- Fewer nights of bad sleep, allergy symptoms, instances of the flu or persistent cold symptoms;
- Fewer missed school days for children; and
- Fewer hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and missed days of work for participants with asthma.