There are a few different federal programs that offer assistance in getting new appliances.
One of these programs is offering free refrigerators to eligible customers.
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What are the programs?
There are a couple of federal programs that offer assistance with appliances and energy-saving needs. The programs are:
- The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)– which reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing energy efficiency
- The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)– gives eligible families energy credits and payment help
The federal government gives money directly to the states, that they then distribute to their residents. The programs and amounts differ based on factors like income level, type of energy used and others. However, WAP is the only program that is offering replacement refrigerators. The WAP is left up to discretion of the state, meaning that qualifications and assistance will vary.
In some states, this program will provide replacement refrigerators that are over 10 years to 15 years old. This service is offered because old refrigerators can be a large source of energy consumption.
The program is open to both renters and homeowners. However, senior citizens, families with children, and those with disabilities, are given priority. The WAP also includes:
- Air sealing (weather stripping, caulking)
- Attic and wall insulation
- Heating system improvements or replacement
- Efficiency improvements in lighting
- Hot water tank and pipe insulation
- Refrigerator replacements with Energy Star rated units
Who is eligible?
Eligibility requirements vary by state, but generally households must meet the LIHEAP criteria. An income at or below 60% of your state’s median income or households living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level is also a requirement.
Households that receive SSI, SNAP, or HEAP benefits are automatically eligible for weatherization services.
If you want to apply, contact your state or local provider. Once your application has been submitted you will bee contacted to confirm eligibility. After that, an energy audit will be completed on your home. This is to identify any health or safety issues. After that, weatherization work or appliances will be installed and the building will be inspected.