Weatherization

Utilities are one of a household’s greatest expenses. For low-income families living in older homes, money could be leaking out of the cracks. The HomeWise Weatherization Program provides FREE energy efficiency improvements to qualified homes, increasing comfort and saving money.

Improvements could include:

  • Energy audits
  • Insulation
  • Air sealing
  • Furnace repair or replacement

Contact us to learn more, or download the application (right).

HomeWise
206-684-0244
HomeWise@seattle.gov

How it Works

Since 1980, the HomeWise program has offered weatherization services to income eligible households, helping thousands to decrease their energy bills and increase their comfort and safety. Services are provided through federal, state and local utility funding. All weatherization work is contracted and managed by the HomeWise Program and is FREE of charge for eligible households.

  1. See if you are eligible for HomeWise services
  2. Fill out and return an application
  3. Homewise will review your application for eligibility and notify you in writing
  4. If you are eligible you will receive a phone call to schedule a time for a comprehensive home energy audit conducted by a trained and certified HomeWise Property Rehabilitation Specialist
  5. HomeWise will identify potential energy saving and health and safety measures such as new insulation, bath and kitchen fans, furnaces, ductless heat pumps and air sealing
  6. HomeWise selects and manages a private contractor to perform the work
  7. All work is inspected and HomeWise pays the contractor

Types of Improvements

HomeWise will contract with private contractors to install the following types of improvements based upon a comprehensive assessment of your home.

  • Insulation
  • Duct and air sealing
  • Ductless Heat Pumps (electrically heated homes)
  • New hot water tanks
  • Furnace repair or replacement
  • New kitchen and bathroom fans
  • New energy efficient refrigerators

Income Limits

The HomeWise Weatherization Program is available to households that meet the income limits below, based on current heating source and household size.

Income Limits for Weatherization* (Updated March 23, 2015)

Persons in household

Total household

monthly INCOME** 

GAS/OIL HEAT

Total household 

monthly INCOME** 

ELECTRIC HEAT

1

$2,180

$3,841

2

$2,851

$4,387

3

$3,522

$4,937

4

$4,193

$5,483

5

$4,864

$5,925

6

$5,535

$6,362

7

$6,121

$6,800

8

$6,815

$7,241

* For owner-occupied homes. Income limits may be slightly lower for renters.

** Total gross income of household, before taxes and deductions.