What is weatherization?

Saving $270 a year due to weatherizationWeatherization is adding insulation, sealing cracks, and making other changes that reduce heat loss, save you money on heating bills and make your home or apartment healthier. The federal government and Washington State offer weatherization programs, which Commerce runs, for qualified low-income households.

Can I get my home weatherized?

Commerce doesn’t weatherize houses directly. We contract with local agencies in your city or county that weatherize qualified low-income homes and apartments.

To see if you qualify for weatherization assistance, call a local agency near you on the Weatherization Agency List.

How are these programs funded?

Commerce receives funding from Washington State and several federal government programs to help pay for low-income weatherization work.

Weatherization Assistance Program– U.S. Department of Energy
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (U.S. Health and Human Services )
Matchmaker Program

In Washington state, utility companies that sell gas and electric heat also provide matching funds for qualified low-income households. There funds match the Washington state dollars through the Matchmaker Program.

Weatherization Data

All local agencies providing services in the Washington State Weatherization Program report their results through the Weatherization Information Data System (WIDS). (WIDS is security-protected and can only be used by local agencies and Commerce staff.)

SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners)

Recipient of Weatherization

“We are so happy to be going into the winter with a new furnace. I know it’s going to be a lot warmer.. We were just thrilled they are doing this for us and it’s not costing us anything.” – Glenda Voelker

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Yakama Nation Housing Authority Success Story

“My wife has been able to cut back on some of her medications. I’m pleased. I’m just tickled to death because of her (his wife’s) health improvements!” Wiley Close, Wapato

CAC – Lewis, Mason, Thurston Counties Success Story

picture of worker blowing insulation into a home, funded by weatherization assistance program

“With the work done by your department, my house will be able to utilize the heat I can afford more efficiently. I no longer will look forward with dread to the long months of very cold weather here in Tahuya. Again, my heartfelt thanks

– Client from Tahuya, Washington (rural Mason County)
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Washington Gorge Action Program Success Story

attic weatherization installation

“I would wake up to 50 degrees in the morning and would get the place up to 63”. Now I set my new thermostat and when I wake up, it’s already comfortable and stays that way. My bills are less than in the past and I feel safer not having those heaters plugged in”.
– Dallesport resident
Client of Washington Gorge Action Program
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City of Seattle HomeWise Success Story

“The program really enabled us to make our home last, really, for the rest of our lives,” said Orville. “If we get 30 more years out if it, we’ll be happy.”

– Orville and Perry, Seattle
Seattle HomeWise Program client

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Chelan-Douglas Success Story

We would like to thank you for everything that was done in our house; the temperature is constant, we do not have to waste a lot of water before it gets hot! No more electric heater in the bathroom. With the new windows, the living room is a lot more comfortable! All of this is an amazing gift!!

– A Chelan – Douglas Community Action Council Client

Opportunity Council Success Story

“It was wonderful to see all of the things coming together to make my home so much nicer and to know it has made it to last even longer. There is surely a change in our power bill and electric usage. The heat in here stays at a more even temperature than it used to. The heater doesn’t have to work overtime clicking on and off constantly just to keep it warm in here.”

– A Bellingham Client

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