We have a few more programs to tell you about. These are designed to help low income families install efficiency measures to save energy and money. Sponsored by New Jersey and the US Government, they include both energy assistance and Energy Efficiency programs. General information on all energy assistance programs is available in this brochure: https://www.state.nj.us/bpu/pdf/custassistance/NJ_2020-2021_Energy_Assistance_Brochure_%20English.pdf
Two of the energy efficiency programs are highlighted below.
This is an NJBPU ratepayer funded energy efficiency program for low income customers. It is available to all utility electric and natural gas customers with significant energy usage and with a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. It covers the full cost of the qualified EE installed. The FY 2020 budget was $45 million and the Comfort Partners program typically helps approximately 6,000 households saving them over $250 annually on their energy bills. See NJBPU Clean Energy program website at https://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/comfort-partners/comfort-partners for more details on this program.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
This is a federal funded program to help elderly, handicapped and low-income residents to weatherize their homes, improve their heating system efficiency and conserve energy and assists community-based agencies in providing WAP assistance. Their annual federal budget allocation is approximately $8 million and they weatherize approximately 1,000 homes. See the NJDCA website at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/wap.html for more details.