Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) runs the energy-efficiency program in that area, both for homeowners and renters. When her landlord dragged his feet on making repairs, SNAP client Shasta Fasolo says she applied for energy assistance to help with high power bills – and decided weatherization was a smarter alternative.

"A monthly utility bill in the cold weather was roughly $180 to $200. And my first utility bill after they put in the windows, the new door, they sealed a lot of the cracks and holes in the house – it dropped by at least one-third."

In total, the 30 community action agencies around the state have received $59 million in Recovery Act funds for weatherization programs. The goal is to cut energy bills for more than 7,000 homes, while keeping and growing local jobs.