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)

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

In your message, please include:

  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

The Office of Housing's weatherization program uses different income eligibility thresholds for renter-occupied and owner-occupied housing:   60% and 80% of area median income, respectively.  Specific dollar limits for each affordability category vary by the number of people in the household.  The following income eligibility limits were effective as of April 1, 2021. 

In some cases the weatherization program's geographic span can extend beyond Seattle city limits.

  • Income-eligible households with homes located within Seattle city limits can receive assistance regardless of the way they heat their home (e.g., electricity, gas, or oil).
  • Income-eligible households who live outside of Seattle city limits but are both Seattle City Light customers and heat their homes with electricity can also receive assistance. 

For more information please contact Theresa.Cortez@seattle.gov.