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Come on in, the water’s fine

Posted in Energy conservation on September 1st, 2015 by Susan – Be the first to comment

 Pool costs drop dramatically with heat pump water heaters

Chelan Hills residents enjoying a dip in the development’s swimming pools are unaware that something else is taking a dive, too – the cost of running those pools.

Heat pump water heaters installed at two pools operated by the Chelan Hills Homeowners Association are proving to be well worth the investment, said Steve Firman, association board vice president who headed up the project.

Chelan Hills residents enjoy this lakeside pool -- and significant energy savings.

Chelan Hills residents enjoy this lakeside pool — and significant energy savings.

The association maintains three parks and two pools for owners of its 500-plus properties and their guests. Before upgrading this spring, pool water was warmed using traditional resistance heaters. As anyone who’s ever tried to keep a pool at a constant 80 degrees knows, that can be a spendy prospect.

With the heat pump water heaters, energy costs for the pools have dropped by 70 percent compared to a year ago, said Jim White, senior energy efficiency engineer for Chelan PUD. That calculation is temperature-adjusted to account for the hot weather experienced in 2015.

Heat pump water heaters work by transferring heat from outside air to water. They’re energy-efficient and quiet.

Two heat pumps were installed at the largest, 54,000-gallon pool in the development’s Division II park. One heat pump is all that’s needed to warm the water at a smaller, 27,000-gallon pool in a small park on the Lake Chelan waterfront.

Firman said the association initially considered solar power but decided against that option due to the number of panels required to heat pools of that size. “The general rule of thumb is twice the surface area of the pool in panels,” he said, which seemed like too many panels for the grounds around either pool. However, “we may add some solar panels in the future to augment the heat pumps and reduce power consumption further,” he added.

Waterbury Pool and Spa of Wenatchee installed the Pentair heat pumps. Electrician Brian Harris of Chelan handled new and re-wiring.

The homeowners’ association spent $24,000 on the heat pump water heater upgrade. Chelan County PUD energy-efficiency incentives covered $11,500 of the cost.

The expected payback is up to five years, but Firman said given the outstanding performance of the heat pumps so far, he’s anticipating three to four years.

“The heat pumps heated the water up faster than expected, they provide consistent heated water, and they’re quiet,” Firman said. “Their performance has met or exceeded our expectations in every way.”

Thanks for saving energy

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on January 28th, 2015 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintPopular programs help PUD exceed conservation goal by 40 percent

Here’s a hearty pat on the back to our customers: Chelan County residents taking advantage of energy-efficiency programs saved 13,052,400 kilowatt hours of energy last year – enough to power about 504 local homes.

The savings helped Chelan County PUD surpass its mandated 2014 conservation target by 40 percent and meet a “stretch” goal of 1.49 average megawatts of savings.

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Rebates on energy-efficient clothes washers continue through 2015.

Some 1,490 residents took advantage of programs to save energy and money including rebates on appliances, windows, insulation, ductless heat pumps and air source heat pumps; duct sealing for manufactured homes; and refrigerator/freezer recycling. Thirty-one businesses installed energy-efficiency improvements with help from the PUD.

Rebates and services continue through 2015; check out the many options.

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.

Hot water, hot savings

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation on November 14th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

PrintManufacturer markdowns and PUD rebates make it easy on the budget

Manufacturers of  energy-saving heat pump water heaters continue to offer markdowns to make these affordable in the Northwest. Coupled with Chelan PUD rebates of $300 or $500, the cost of heat pump water heaters can be comparable to standard electric storage heaters.

HPWH_VoltexHere are the current discounts:

  • Through Dec. 3, 2014: Save $400 on the GE GeoSpring 50-gallon heat pump water heater. Available locally at Lowes.
  • Through Dec. 15, 2014: Save $300 on A.O. Smith Reliance 50-, 60-, and 80-gallon units. Available to plumbers and contractors purchasing through Ferguson in Wenatchee.
  • From Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2014: Save $300 on the 50-gallon Rheem EcoSense (HB50ES) at Home Depot.

After installation, the savings continue: Save up to 50 percent on your water heating costs. Learn about heat pump water heaters and whether they’re right for you at smartwaterheat.org.

Old technology can be draining

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation on October 7th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

Photo of heat pump water heater garage installationDiscounts make new heat pump water heater technology affordable

If you’re feeling a little drained by an old inefficient water heater, check out the new technology of a heat pump water heater. By upgrading to a super-efficient heat pump water heater, you can reduce your electric water heating costs by up to 50 percent and save every month.

Upgrade by December 3, 2014, for $400 instant savings on a GE GeoSpring 50-gallon heat pump water heater, then save again with a Chelan PUD $300 rebate.

Lightly logoThe $400 markdown at the store combined with the PUD’s $300 rebate drops the price by $700, making the final cost around $500.  Participating stores are Lowes, Sears, Ferguson and some independent retailers.

Handy homeowners can install these units themselves; use this tip sheet for help with installation. Or you can find a contractor here.

Heat pump water heaters can be placed in a variety of heated and unheated locations such as a garage, basement or utility room. But before you buy, review these facts:

  • Space – Most units require at least 800 cubic feet of air-flow around them; this is the equivalent of 10′x10′x8′ of space.
  • Sound – Heat pump water heaters generate sounds similar to a freezer.
  • Cold air – While in operation, heat pump water heaters release cool, dry air.
  • Size/height – Heat pump water heaters are slightly taller than standard electric water heaters.

Get help evaluating whether a heat pump water heater is right for you at smartwaterheat.org. Find GeoSpring product details on the GE website.

Hybrid water heater discounts available

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation on August 6th, 2014 by Susan – 2 Comments

PrintGE is offering discounts on its GeoSpring 50-gallon heat pump water heater which, combined with Chelan PUD’s rebate, makes the cost of these units comparable to traditional storage water heaters.

A $400 markdown at the store combined with the PUD’s $300 rebate drops the price by $700, making the final cost around $500. Promotions at individual stores may drop the price even lower. Lowes, for example, has a discount running through Sept. 7 that drops the final cost to around $299.

HPWH2Participating stores are Lowes, Sears, Ferguson and some independent retailers. The promotion runs through Dec. 3. For promotion details, visit GeoSpring.com.

Heat pump water heaters can be installed by a homeowner. Use this tip sheet for do-it-yourself installation. Or find a contractor here.

Before you buy, review these requirements:

• Type – Tier 1 units like the GeoSpring are well suited for unconditioned spaces, such as garages. Tier 2 units are well suited to colder climates and can be ducted to move cool air generated by the unit to the outside, allowing for installation in conditioned and unconditioned spaces.

• Space – Tier 1 units like the GeoSpring require at least 1,000 cubic feet of air flow around them. This is the equivalent of 10′x10′x10′ of space.

• Sound – Heat pump water heaters generate sound similar to an electric fan. If your existing hot water heater is silent, this may be bothersome at first.

• Cold air – While in operation, heat pump water heaters release cool, dry air into the surrounding space.

• Size/height – Heat pump water heaters are slightly larger than standard electric water heaters.

Learn more about heat pump water heaters at smartwaterheat.org.  Remember to apply for Chelan PUD’s rebate.