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.
For more general information on Health and Safety and the Weatherization Program, please see our Client Education Guide.
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.
NEW! Commerce 2019 LIHEAP Waiver Request
Commerce is requesting 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 will increase available weatherization funding by $5,789,570 and increase the waiver transfer from 15 percent to 25 percent.
HHS approval of the full 25 percent brings all potential LIHEAP dollars to Washington State, providing an opportunity for agencies to enhance their programs and existing funding.
Commerce conducted a public hearing to receive comments on the DRAFT 2019 United States Department of Health and Human Services – Washington State Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Weatherization Waiver Request on Monday, April 15, 2019.
To obtain a copy of the draft Waiver Request please contact Britt Pomush (listed below).
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 Britt Pomush by or before 5:00 pm PST on April 15, 2019.
Phone (360) 338-8467
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 )
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.
NEW - 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 new Home Rehabilitation Loan Program page.
Success Stories from Our Agencies
For low-income households
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