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Warm up to savings at Builders Show

Posted in Appliances, Construction, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on February 1st, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

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.

Photo of snowy house

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!

Energy rebates continue in 2014

Posted in Appliances, Construction, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting, Recycling on December 9th, 2013 by Susan – 2 Comments

PrintNow here’s something to look forward to in 2014: Our rebate programs on energy-efficient windows, insulation and appliances will continue.

Photo of customer Ora Jansen with refrigerator and freezer to be recycled

All of Chelan PUD’s energy-efficiency programs — including recycling of old refrigerators and freezers — will continue in 2014.

Chelan County PUD’s rebates in 2014 will stay at the same level as 2013 with one exception: The incentive for LED retrofit kits will drop to $10 beginning January 1. (The current rebate is $25 per kit.)

This past year was one of our best ever for conservation, with nearly 400 customers adding energy-efficient windows and/or insulation to save money and improve the comfort of their homes. Check out what three satisfied customers say about their energy-saving improvements in this video.

In the last four years, Chelan PUD has saved 7.3 average megawatts through conservation efforts — enough to power about 2,940 local homes.

Here are the rebate amounts for 2014:

  • Energy-efficient windows: $6 per square foot
  • Insulation: 50 cents per square foot
  • Refrigerators and freezers: $50
  • Clothes washers: $30-$75
  • Water heaters: $25-$100
  • Heat pump water heaters: $300-$500
  • Ductless heat pumps: $750
  • LED retrofit kits: $10

We’ll continue to offer refrigerator and freezer recycling next year, too. Our contractor will haul away and recycle old refrigerators or freezer at no charge, plus provide a $30 rebate.

The PUD also offers free duct testing and sealing for manufactured homes.

Ductless heat pump program expands

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling on April 5th, 2013 by Susan – Comments Off

Photo of Ductless heat pump in homeEarn a $750 rebate
Eligibility for Chelan County PUD’s ductless heat pump program has been expanded to include owners of site-built homes with electric forced-air furnaces.

When the program began in 2012 only baseboard, wall and radiant heat systems were included. Adding forced-air furnaces to the mix will allow many more customers to qualify, said Mark Wiser, senior energy conservation adviser.

Rebates of $750 are available to help offset the cost of the units, which ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. Owners of manufactured homes are eligible if they have electric forced-air systems but are not eligible if they have baseboard or other zonal heat. 

Fourteen local contractors are participating in the program. Contact a contractor to get started adding a ductless heat pump to your home.

Why? A ductless heat pump is a highly efficient and easily installed primary heating and cooling system for electrically heated homes. Ductless systems are ideal for replacing or supplementing less efficient heating sources (and window air conditioners in the summer).

Regionally, use of a ductless heating and cooling system in a single-family home with zonal electric heat is estimated to save 3,500 kWh annually. Using Chelan PUD’s average cost of $0.03 per kilowattt hour, upgrading to a ductless heating and cooling system as a primary heat source can save approximately $105 per year. In addition, ductless heat pumps are safer, quieter, and heat rooms efficiently.  And they provide air conditioning in the summer, replacing window units.

Find more information about upgrading to ductless on the PUD website and at goingductless.com.

Come see us at the home, sweet home show

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting, Uncategorized on March 5th, 2013 by Susan – Comments Off

Photo of PUD show boothGadgets, gizmos and lots of good stuff for your home and garden await you at the KPQ Home and Garden Show, March 8-10 at the Town Toyota Center.

Chelan PUD staff will be on hand with information on new programs including appliance rebates, refrigerator recycling and duct testing and sealing for manufactured homes. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and receive your choice of an LED night light or a compact fluorescent light bulb. Interested in paperless billing? We can help with that, too.

More than 150 exhibitors will set up displays inside and outside the center.  Learn the latest in home construction, decor and — of course — energy savings and green living.

WSU Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, share about the Xeriscape and Community Education gardens, and diagnose problems you may be having in your backyard. Need a pair of gloves or a Day by Day Resource Guide on what to do in your garden when? You can get both at this year’s show. A schedule of seminars and workshops is available here.

Show hours are Friday, March 8, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

See you there!

What’s new? Find out — and find us — at the builders home show

Posted in Appliances, Construction, Electronics, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on January 20th, 2013 by Susan – Comments Off

Photo of 2013 Home Show logoThe local builders association has a new name but is back with an old favorite: The Building! NCW Home Show runs Feb. 8-10 at the Town Toyota Center.

Chelan PUD conservation staff will be there, helping customers sign up for double rebates for adding insulation and upgrading windows and explaining how to get money back on super-efficient ductless heat pumps. We’ll unveil new offers for customers in 2013 to help pay for energy-efficient appliances, recycle old refrigerators, and seal leaky ducts in manufactured homes.

Home show coordinator Lindsay Shultz said dozens of vendors will be on hand with ideas for new construction, remodeling, landscaping, HVAC, flooring and more.

Feeling a little cooped up? A complete outdoor living space will be set up “that people can walk through and get a feel of what it would be like if they had one of their own,” Shultz said.

Lowe’s will return with its Kids Zone where youngsters can build something, plant something, or get rid of the ants in their pants in the inflatable castle (jumping is mandatory).

Hours are Friday, Feb. 8, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Shultz said coupons for $1 off will be available around North Central Washington and on the Building NCW website closer to the show. The website still bears the old name – North Central Home Builders Association — but the group is now officially called “Building! NCW.”