Solar Thermal; Florida
The Solar Weatherization Assistance Program (SWAP) was a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) to provide solar water heating systems for low-income residents in Florida.
Raising families, incurring everyday bills and purchasing common necessities are all part of daily life that can rapidly drain a family's budget. This is especially burdensome for low-income and elderly residents on a fixed income. A major part of the budgetary concerns are the recurrent and unavoidable electric bills.
In northern colder climates, weatherization programs assist low-income clients in reducing their energy costs by conducting weatherization on existing homes.
Very often many northern weatherization measures such as caulking and weatherstripping are not cost-effective in warmer climates. Therefore, it only makes sense to take advantage of Florida's abundant and everlasting solar energy resource to help reduce energy costs in low-income residences.
Florida; Solar Thermal
Florida Solar Energy Center and Harrison, John, "Solar Weatherization Assistance Program, Program Final Report, Volume 1: Main Report. 08-25-98" (1998). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 719.