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Win a free energy audit of your home

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on March 5th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to 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.

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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.

Energy savings are adding up

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on February 3rd, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintCustomers taking advantage of energy-efficiency programs saved 20,761,200 kilowatt hours of energy last year – enough to power about 1,000 homes in Chelan County. 

The savings helped Chelan County PUD surpass its 2013 conservation goal by about 40 percent.

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Appliance rebates continue through 2014. (Thank you, Sav-Mart, for supporting our program.)

Some 1,890 homeowners took advantage of programs to save energy and money including rebates on appliances, windows, insulation and ductless heat pumps; duct sealing for manufactured homes; and refrigerator/freezer recycling. Thirty-five businesses installed energy-efficiency improvements with help from the PUD. And 94 low-income households received weatherization help using PUD funding through the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council. 

Saving energy is a winning proposition for everyone. Customers save money with lower electric bills, reduce energy waste and in many cases, improve the comfort of their homes. When customers save energy, more power is available to sell at wholesale rates on the open market; those revenues help keep local retail rates low. Customers also help the PUD meet state-mandated targets under the Energy Independence Act

Surveys of customers who participated in programs last year showed high satisfaction with their products and PUD customer service. There’s still time to participate this year as all programs are continuing. Check them out here.

Warm up to savings at Builders Show

Posted in Appliances, Construction, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on February 1st, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintCome in from the cold and learn how to keep your home warm and efficient at Building NCW’s  Home Show Feb. 7-9 at Town Toyota Center.

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Don’t be left out in the cold — warm up to energy savings at the Chelan PUD booth at the Building NCW Home Show Feb. 7-9.

Whether you’re building, remodeling or buying a new home, Chelan PUD staff can help you choose quality products for long-term savings on electric bills. Stop by our booth and enter our drawing to win a Nest thermostat with installation by Alpine Aire of Wenatchee — a $480 value. See a ductless heat pump on display and learn about our $750 rebate on this super-efficient technology. Pick up a flier listing our rebates on appliances, windows and insulation.  Ask our energy experts your vexing questions about energy use in your home. We’re here – and there at the home show — to help.

This is the 11th year for the builders’ home show, which brings dozens of businesses under one roof offering  remodeling,  construction, design, decorating, landscaping, financing and real estate services.

View the flier, and we’ll see you at the show!

Don’t be chicken – watch this video

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on January 31st, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintWe’re kicking off our 2014 energy-efficiency programs with a short video starring… a chicken! We think our ENERGY STAR appliance rebates, window and insulation rebates and free mobile home duct sealing programs are something to crow about.

Find rebate information, conservation tips and more on our website at ConservationMakesCents.org.

 

Take a walk on the WestSide

Posted in Construction, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting, Uncategorized on December 9th, 2013 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintInnovative design shines at renovated school

There’s abundant energy coming into WestSide High School these days, and not just from wiry teen-agers.

Light from the sun, known in the building industry as daylighting, is a key feature among several environmentally friendly attributes built into the new alternative school on Ninth Street in Wenatchee.

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Light from the outdoors and from energy-stingy LEDs illuminates the WestSide High School cafeteria.

Windows around the perimeter bring ample light into classrooms. Light streams through six traditional skylights, and eight Solatubes – tubular skylights that use polished metal and Plexiglas to capture and diffuse light – outshine the LED lights next to them.

Unique LED lighting decorates the ceilings, from silver-dollar-sized LEDs in inverted-bowl-shaped fixtures to troffer hallway lights that switch off when no one’s around.

Motion and daylight sensors are a key part of the energy-efficiency equation in WestSide High’s construction.

“The classrooms are on occupancy sensors, and there are no wall switches in the halls,” explains Bryan Visscher, director of Facilities and Risk Management for the Wenatchee School District. As daylight increases, lights dim. As sunlight wanes, lights grow brighter.

The school is cutting-edge for the district and for Visscher, who has championed energy efficiency at all 12 schools and helped the district win six EPA Energy Star awards. This time he’s been able to incorporate efficiency measures from the get-go rather than retrofit old systems with new technology.

 

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A WestSide student uses the computer center while others are in class. About 250 students are enrolled in the alternative high school, which offers small class sizes and individualized learning.

Ameresco, the environmental services company under contract to instill and install energy efficiency, will measure and verify expected energy savings.The new WestSide uses a variable refrigerant flow system for heating and cooling that reduces energy waste. Lines run throughout the building, allowing heat from a warmer side, for example, to be transferred by refrigerant to a cooler side. Traditionally the warmer air would have been ejected outdoors. The Mitsubishi system uses variable-speed fans and evaporators and sophisticated native controls to reduce energy consumption and improve comfort.

“An overlay of automated logic” runs the HVAC system, Visscher said, which offers opportunities to schedule actions such as shutting off the half of the building that’s not used for night school. It’s also the first building in the district to have electronic access controls for immediate lockdown in case of emergency.

The 18,000-square-foot building was once Wenatchee’s Eagles Lodge. It was gutted to make way for WestSide. The building had been used by Wenatchee Valley College as a music and arts center, then acquired by the school district in a swap that gave the former WestSide building back to the college. Years ago, that building used to be college dormitories.

Students moved in Sept. 1, leaving cramped, concrete-block classrooms behind. They can eat their lunches, prepared in a full-sized commercial kitchen, in a spacious cafeteria now. They can access computers in an electronic library. They can work on projects together in “teaming rooms.” They can go to class in rooms that are mostly windows, not walls.

P.E. classes are still held at the old campus, but an anonymous donor has offered to help build a gym on the school’s north side. In the meantime, the district will begin converting the old Wenatchee Youth Circus storage building, located just west of WestSide, into a fitness building where students can use exercise equipment and free weights.