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Sprucing up this spring? Check PUD rebates

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting, Recycling on April 16th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintWindows, doors, ductless heat pumps, water heaters, appliances… Don’t buy any of these this spring until you’ve checked out our rebates.

Chelan County PUD has expanded its energy-efficiency programs and now has rebates on:

  • Super-efficient windows (U factor of .22 or lower; usually triple-pane) – $8 per square foot
  • Insulated exterior doors – $40
  • Energy-efficient manufactured homes – $850 (call 509- 661-8008 for info)

    Photo of ad featuring a chicken crossing the road.

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to Chelan PUD’s energy-saving rebates!

Rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances continue in these amounts:

And don’t forget:

Check out the details for each program using the links above. Or call us at (509) 661-8008.

Community solar project would be a first

Posted in Renewable energy, Solar on April 15th, 2014 by Susan – 1 Comment

PrintPublic meeting for investors set for Thursday in Leavenworth

You can get in on the ground floor of an investment that will rest on the roof of Icicle River Middle School in Leavenworth.

Photo of Icicle River Middle School

Icicle River Middle School may become home to Chelan County’s first community solar project. (Photo from school website)

Investors are being sought to help build a 14-kilowatt community solar installation on the middle school. A public meeting to explain the project will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chelan County PUD office in Leavenworth, 222 Chumstick Highway. If successful, the project would be the first community solar farm in Chelan County to take advantage of the state’s Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Program.

Payments of $1.08 per kilowatt hour are available for community projects that use solar modules and inverters manufactured in Washington. The payments come from utility taxes and must be made to a local entity. Faith Lutheran Church of Leavenworth has stepped up to be the project administrator and would disburse funds to individual investors. The Cascade School Board is making the  middle school available to host from 72 to 96 solar panels.

The final number of solar panels will depend on the amount of money raised. Organizers have a goal of about $100,000 and would like to have the project up and running by mid-summer.

When the state program expires in 2020, the school district would take over ownership of the solar modules.

Data monitors tracking generation from the solar installation would be available on the Internet, providing math and science opportunities for students at the middle school or other schools.

Organizers have established a website here. They can be contacted at solarleavenworth@gmail.com.

April brings Earth Day celebrations

Posted in Climate, Energy conservation, Environment, Recycling, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Water conservation on April 4th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintApril is the month for celebrating the earth and our continued stewardship of its resources. Earth Day fairs in Chelan and Leavenworth offer opportunities for everyone, while Entiat’s celebration focuses on its schoolchildren.

Here’s a rundown of the festivities:

Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riverwalk Park, Chelan: Chelan is celebrating its 25th anniversary of hosting its Earth Day Fair. Find displays about composting, green building, recycling, renewable energy, land conservation, energy conservation, electric vehicles and emergency preparedness. There’s plenty to do and see, including a garden center, flea market, arts and crafts for kids, food booths, music and entertainment. The event is sponsored by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, KOZI Radio and Chelan County PUD.

Poster of Leavenworth Earth Day FairSunday, April 27, noon to 4 p.m., Lions Club Park, Leavenworth: The Wenatchee River Institute is sponsoring Leavenworth’s sixth annual Earth Day Fair.  The fair will feature live music, prepared food, a Farmers Market Showcase, health information, displays, hands-on activities and activities for the whole family. Sponsors are Stevens Pass, KOHO Radio, Link Transit and Chelan County PUD. If it rains, the fair will take place at Osborn Elementary School, 225 Central Avenue, Leavenworth. Phone (509) 548-6881 for more fair information.

On Tuesday, April 15,  Entiat Elementary School students will be treated to displays and activities focusing on conservation and sustainability. The 11th annual event is sponsored by the Entiat Valley Community Services group. Chelan PUD will be among the presenters. Contact May Segle for information at (509) 784-7117 or evcsfb@nwi.net.

 

Hooray for the heat pump

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling on March 11th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintCustomers who have been waiting to move up to a heat pump or upgrade their existing units won’t have to wait much longer. Chelan County PUD is working out the final details of a new program to provide rebates from $500 to $1,400 on energy-efficient air-source heat pumps for single-family homes.

Photo of heat pump

Rebates will be available to customers who upgrade to high-efficiency heat pumps. (Photo from Lennox website)

The heat pumps are among several new rebate programs to be unveiled later this spring including:

  • Super-efficient windows with a U-factor of .22 or lower – $8 per square foot
  • ENERGY STAR exterior doors – $40 per door
  • Super-efficient manufactured homes – $1,000
  • Surge suppressors for electronics – $12

For air-source heat pump/variable speed heat pump upgrades, the unit will need to be rated as having a minimum of 9.0 Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and 14 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Heat pump upgrades will include upgrading an older heat pump that has gas back-up, replacing an existing heat pump, replacing the heat pump portion of a ground source heat pump system, or upgrading from zonal to air-source heat pump.

For conversions of electric forced- air furnaces to air-source and variable speed heat pumps, the heat pump again must have a minimum 9.0 HSPF and 14 SEER. The installation must convert an electric forced-air furnace to a high-efficiency heat pump.

To get a jump-start, look for eligible heat pumps on the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s website and/or the ENERGY STAR website for Air Source Heat Pumps.

Stay tuned for a formal program announcement within the next few weeks.

Win a free energy audit of your home

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on March 5th, 2014 by Susan – 1 Comment

PrintEnter a drawing to win a free, expert evaluation of potential energy savings in your home at the KPQ Home and Garden Show March 14-16 at Town Toyota Center.

Chelan PUD is hosting a booth at the show to spread the word about how to save on electric bills. The PUD is introducing new incentives for homeowners including rebates on air-source heat pumps, electronics’ surge suppressors, super-efficient windows, exterior doors and energy-efficient manufactured homes. For businesses, new programs include rebates on heat pump water heaters, commercial clothes washers, commecial dishwashers and ductless heat pumps.

Photo of older home

An energy audit identifies trouble spots where a home may be wasting energy.

One lucky winner will receive a free energy audit from Greg Jourdan of Jourdan HVAC/R Consulting, Wenatchee. Jourdan will check insulation, inspect the furnace and ductwork, and use diagnostic equipment and a thermal imaging camera to pinpoint trouble spots. Following the evaluation, Jourdan will suggest measures the homeowner can take to upgrade energy-efficiency, saving money on electric bills and improving home comfort.

The energy audit is valued at $300. You must be a Chelan County resident to enter the drawing.

Chelan PUD is among more than 150 exhibitors who will set up displays inside and outside the center. Learn the latest in home construction, landscaping, decor and green living.

Show hours are Friday, March 14, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.