Owners of manufactured homes may be eligible for energy upgrades at little to no cost, thanks to a government-funded assistance program.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is offered through the Department of Health and Human Services and is designed to provide financial aid to help cover energy expenses. In order to qualify for assistance, homeowners must meet certain criteria regarding income and housing type.
According to a recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, occupants of older manufactured homes paid more than twice as much per square foot for energy than occupants of detached homes in 2005. Manufactured homes tend to be smaller than traditional stick-built homes, therefore the annual energy expense is typically lower; however, occupants of manufactured homes may be able to save even more on energy costs through LIHEAP.
“In 2009, LIHEAP covered about 8.3 million low-income households through payments to homeowners, occupants, landlords, or others,” according to the study. “LIHEAP is a federally funded block grant program in which funds are provided to grantees, including states, territories, and tribes and tribal organizations, based on a number of factors, such as climate and income.”
In the fiscal year 2012, Congress appropriated about $3.5 billion for LIHEAP’s efforts.
To read the GAO study, click here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-848Rx