HOME & ENERGY

Energy Assistance Program

The utility moratorium on disconnections for all electric/natural gas/water has ended. Please be sure to contact your utility provider for payment arrangements to avoid disconnection of service.  If you have a disconnection notice for water, sewer, electric, or gas utility, please contact our office in your area for a potential crisis appointment. If you are a renter, there may be utility help available through rental assistance.  NOTE: Appointments are limited. 

Island/Whatcom:  All early scheduling for seniors aged 60 or older and households receiving federal disability benefits has ended. If you missed out, you can still schedule an appointment during our general scheduling.

General scheduling will open Saturday, November 6th from 9am-2pm and continue during regular phone line hours starting November 8th until the current batch of appointments are filled.  We will have multiple opportunities to schedule in the coming months so please check back.  See sidebar for phone number for your office.

A limited number of crisis appointments for those facing disconnection from their utility provider or without propane/heating oil (less than 10%) or less than 7 day supply of wood may be available depending on scheduling availability for the current week. Crisis appointments become available on Mondays at 9am until filled for the current week.

Whatcom County Only:  Online scheduling will resume Saturday, November 6th and remain open until those appointments have been filled. Appointments scheduled online are filled first available. If you need flexibility, please call to schedule your appointment. See sidebar for link to online scheduling.

*If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, please contact us via info@nulloppco.org or send us a letter addressing your special accommodation and appointment preferences to:  Energy Lead, PO Box 2369, Bellingham, WA  98228-2369.

San Juan:  LIHEAP is currently available for the Fall 2021 season. Please contact your nearest resource center for more information.

For a detailed update for programs available in our tri-county area, view Energy Scheduling Updates & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

The Opportunity Council offers bill assistance to eligible households for their home heating and energy bills. Households must be income eligible to receive assistance.  Depending on the time of year, we may help with the electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, and wood bills.

  • (360) 255-2192 (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577, option 4 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • (360) 376-3184 for Orcas Community Resource Center (serving Orcas & Waldron)

  • (360) 378-5246 for Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center (serving San Juan)

  • (360) 468-4117 for Lopez Island Family Resource Center

  • Online Scheduling (Whatcom Only): Click Here OPEN

Furnace Repair and Replacement

Status:  Currently closed–anticipated reopening in late Fall 2021 for all counties.

Provides furnace repair and replacement to owner occupied homes in Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties that are LIHEAP eligible. Households must first apply for LIHEAP and satisfy all requirements of the LIHEAP program before a referral is made.

Projects are coordinated by staff at Opportunity Council and use qualified area contractors to complete the work. Typical work includes repairing or replacing air handlers, baseboards, wall heaters, furnaces, and venting systems. Please note that we do not offer duct cleaning. Determining whether a project is a repair or replacement is at the discretion of program staff and contractors.

Interested homeowners should contact your nearest community office center (see sidebar) for information on how to apply.

  • (360) 255-2192 (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • (360) 376-3184 for Orcas Community Resource Center (serving Orcas & Waldron)

  • (360) 378-5246 for Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center (serving San Juan Island)

  • (360) 468-4117 for Lopez Island Family Resource Center

Conservation Education

Provides both in-home energy assessments and classroom-based workshops to identify ways to save on energy bills, conserve energy and water, improve health and safety in homes. This services is no cost to eligible households. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

  • (360) 734-5121 extension 1020 (Whatcom County)

  • Toll-free (800) 649-5121 extension 1020 (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • (360) 376-3184 (Orcas Community Resource Center)

  • (360) 378-5246 (Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center)

  • (360) 468-4117 (Lopez Island Family Resource Center)

Weatherization

Improves a home’s energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality and addresses health and safety concerns.  Weatherization services focus on attic, floor and wall insulation, reducing drafts, heating system cleaning and safety inspection and ventilation improvements. Available for both homeowners and renters with landlord permission. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

  • (360) 734-5121 extension 1020 (Whatcom County)

  • Toll-free (800) 649-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • (360) 376-3184 (Orcas Community Resource Center)

  • (360) 378-5246 (Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center)

  • (360) 468-4117 (Lopez Island Family Resource Center)

Weatherization Plus Health

Identifies indoor air quality improvements for a home, including mold and moisture reduction, pest mitigation and air quality improvements that can  help reduce asthma triggers and improve indoor environments. Available for both homeowners and renters with landlords permission. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

  • (360) 734-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom County)

  • Toll-free (800) 649-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • (360) 376-3184 (Orcas Community Resource Center)

  • (360) 378-5246 (Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center)

  • (360) 468-4117 (Lopez Island Family Resource Center)

Home Repair Loan

Deferred, low-interest loans may be provided to income-qualifying homeowners to address repairs that focus on: home foundation repair or installation, roof repair or replacement, plumbing, electrical, septic siding, floor, gutters or other repairs to help meet safety standards. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

  • (360) 734-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom County)

  • Toll-free (800) 649-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

  • (360) 376-3184 (Orcas Community Resource Center)

  • (360) 378-5246 (Joyce L Sobel Family Resource Center)

  • (360) 468-4117 (Lopez Island Family Resource Center)

  • (360) 428-1959 (Housing Authority of Skagit County)

City of Bellingham Mobile Home Repair

Opportunity Council partners with the City of Bellingham to assist homeowners with limited repairs that can address health and safety, durability issues, and energy efficiency measures. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

  • (360) 734-5121 extension 1020

  • Toll-free (800) 649-5121 extension 1020

NW Clean Air Agency’s Woodstove Change-Out

Opportunity Council partners with Northwest Clean Air Agency to provide residents in the Columbia Valley of Whatcom County by replacing old wood stoves with new, certified wood or pellet stoves and installing electric ductless heat pumps. Available for both homeowners and renters with landlords permission. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

Community Energy Challenge

The Community Energy Challenge makes achieving energy efficiency as easy as possible, providing homeowners with a full energy audit at a discounted rate, a comprehensive report detailing cost-effective measures, ongoing consultation, quality assurance, and financial incentives.  Small businesses can improve energy efficiency with a similar suite of services. This service is available in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.

Building Performance Center (BPC)

BPC is an accredited training center that provides technical and certification trainings for the weatherization workforce. BPC conducts diagnostic testing services and lead hazard risk assessments and also helps homeowners by providing unbiased recommendations solving complex home performance issues around energy, durability and safety. Contact us if you are interested in training, certification, or diagnostic testing on your home.

ASL Services

A current list of Opportunity Council programs and services is available in American Sign Language

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