The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy costs for low-income individuals and families who are particularly vulnerable such as the elderly, people with disabilities, and children. The program increases the energy efficiency of clients home while ensuring their health and safety. Eligibility: total household income may not be more than 200 % above the national poverty level. Preference is given to elderly (60 +) people with disabilities, families with children under 12 and households with a high energy burden (repeated high utility bills). EOC provides this service in Indian River County, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties.
Low-income families pay an average of 18% of their annual income for energy, compared with 5% for other households.
The average energy expenditure in low-income households is $1,267 annually.
As estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy, weatherization services save clients an average of $358 annually and return an average of $2.69 in energy and non-energy related benefits for every dollar invested.