HOME & ENERGY

Energy Assistance Program

The utility moratorium on disconnections for all electric/natural gas has been extended through September 30, 2021.  This includes non-PSE utilities like City of Blaine, Sumas Water & Light, Snohomish PUD, and OPALCO. 

Coming soon!  New programs designed to help with water/sewer bills or high balances on heating/electric bills!

Island: We are currently OPEN for scheduling appointments for summer 2021.  Please call (360) 679-6577 ext 2130 to schedule an appointment or for more details.

Whatcom:  We are currently OPEN for scheduling appointments for summer 2021 by phone on the Energy Line or online (see sidebar). For more information, call the Energy Line at 360-255-2192.

San Juan:  LIHEAP assistance is open at our resource centers.  NOTE: income guidelines have increased.  Please contact your local family resource or community center to apply.

For a detailed update for our tri-county area, view Energy Scheduling Updates.

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 ext 2130 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): OPEN Appointments Online

Furnace Repair and Replacement

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 the energy line for more information.

  • (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)

Lead Hazard Reduction Program

Identifies and reduces lead hazards in homes built before 1978. Available for both homeowners and renters with landlords permission. Contact us for eligibility requirements.

  • (360) 734-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties)

  • Toll-free (800) 649-5121 extension 1020  (Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties)

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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