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)

In your message, please Include:

Only those Homeowners or renters living within Seattle jurisdiction and/or Seattle City Light territory may apply.

  1. Property address,
  2. What kind of heating system do you have? (do you have a oil, gas, or electric furnace?)
  3. Let us know if you're a recipient of a letter from Office of Housing, or other agency

If you are a renter in a building where over half the tenants are income-qualified, you can work with your building owner to receive free weatherization, too. Visit our Multifamily Weatherization page to learn more.

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 (see Income Limits below)
  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

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Housing is delaying its publication of a revised income. The 2019 income limits, published on our website, remain in effect for all OH-administered housing programs at this time. 

The HomeWise Weatherization Program is available to households that meet the 2019 Income Limits, based on household size and whether the residents are owners or renters.  For example, a single homeowner who makes less than $61,800 per year or a household of four that earns less than $88,250 per year would have a qualifying income.

Download the complete 2019 HomeWise Income and Service Territory Guidelines >