What is weatherization?
Weatherization 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.
The Washington State Department of Commerce (COMMERCE) will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the DRAFT 2020 United States Department of Health and Human Services – Washington State Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Weatherization Waiver Request.
Commerce will conduct a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the Draft 2020 United States Department of Energy/Washington State Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Plan. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Public Hearing Details
When: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PST, Tuesday, April 21, 2020
How to attend:
- Skype Meeting
- Phone: 1 (360) 407-3813
- Conference ID: 6948462
Commerce requests that persons presenting oral testimony provide a hard copy of their comments at the conclusion of their testimony. Additional comments can be emailed to Seth Kolodziejski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received no later than April 21st, 2020 at 5:00pm PST.
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.
Find your location on the map below and click on the closest blue locator to get information on your local weatherization provider.
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 the following federal government programs to help pay for low-income weatherization work:
Commerce can yearly request a waiver to transfer up to 25 percent of available LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program funds to the Weatherization Assistance Program. Approval of this waiver request in 2019 could increase available weatherization funding by $5,789,570 and increase the transfer of unspent LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program funds from 15 percent to 25 percent.
We have HHS approval for up to the full 25 percent transfer this year again. This brings all potential LIHEAP dollars to Washington State, providing an opportunity for agencies to enhance their programs and existing funding. The local LIHEAP Energy Assistance programs decide on the exact amount of the approved transfer for their area based on their funding needs.
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.
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.)
Need help with WIDS? Call the WIDS Hotline at (360)259-4749.
Home Rehabilitation Loan Program
Good news for rural homeowners struggling to repair their homes! The Department of Commerce has launched a state-funded Low-Income Home Rehabilitation Loan Program!
For all the details go to our Home Rehabilitation Loan Program page.
Success Stories from Our Agencies
Weatherization Success Stories
Information for low-income households
Additional Program Information Links
Help with WIDS (agencies only)
It’s always nice to get recognition for our work, especially when it shares our ideas with a broader audience. The Energy Division Low-Income Weatherization Program’s Weatherization Plus Health efforts got a nice dose of coverage this month in a cover article in the March 2019 Healthy Indoors Magazine. The article profiled the innovative partnership between our Pierce County Human Services local weatherization program and the Clean Air for Kids Asthma
It’s been a busy start to 2019 for Commerce’s Weatherization Plus Health program. We’ve participated in several regional and national forums and shared the structure and results of our Plus Health work providing lasting home and client health improvements. Dec. 17, Vince Schueler, our WSU Energy Program Evaluation partner, shared results of our evaluation with a Working Group of Vermont, Connecticut, and New York weatherization programs working on development of
In late January, Commerce’s Weatherization Plus Health Program, and partners Washington State University Energy Program, Pierce County Human Services (Weatherization Program), and Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department released an analysis of the Weatherization Plus Health Partnership work done in Pierce County from 2016 – 2018. The partnership built on earlier collaborations between Pierce County Human Services and the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department’s asthma outreach program. For the Plus Health partnership, the