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More chances to save on water heaters

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation on May 23rd, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

PrintManufacturers promote new technology with markdowns and rebates

Heat pump water heaters offer significant savings, cutting water-heating energy consumption by 50 percent compared to a standard electric water heater. Three manufacturers are offering rebates that bring down the cost of this new technology, and all qualify for Chelan County PUD rebates.

Photo of GE GeoSpring hot water heaterThrough May 28, GE is offering a $300 instant markdown on the 50-gallon GeoSpring. The GeoSpring is available at the Wenatchee Lowe’s. The markdown makes the out-the-door price as low as $699 (individual pricing may vary). The PUD rebate shaves off another $300.

Through June 10, The Home Depot is offering a $300 markdown on the 50-gallon Rheem EcoSense  (HB50ES). This unit is not available at the Wenatchee store but a quick search of the company website showed availability in Seattle. Consumers should check with the local store to determine whether the EcoSense can be ordered online and shipped locally.

The GeoSpring and EcoSense are Tier I heat pump water heaters. While professional installation is recommended, homeowners can follow do-it-yourself guidelines to install the units themselves.

Through 2014, AirGenerate is offering a $500 rebate on its heat pump water heaters (models ATI66, ATI66DV and ATI80). The rebate can be redeemed through an online processing portal on AirGenerate.com. Chelan PUD’s rebate is an additional $500. These units, which are Tier II units, require professional installation by a plumber. They are not available locally but can be ordered through GenPac.

Before you buy, review these requirements:

  • Type – Tier 1 units 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 and EcoSense 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. Click here to find a contractor. Apply for Chelan PUD’s rebate here.

Sprucing up this spring? Think rebates

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting, Recycling on April 16th, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

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.

Win a free energy audit of your home

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

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.

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.

More ways to save on hot water

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation on November 5th, 2013 by Susan – Comments Off

Chart showing GE rebatePhoto of GE GeoSpring heat pump water heaterDiscounts available through Dec. 4 at Sav-Mart, Lowe’s

GE, maker of the energy-saving GeoSpring heat pump water heater, is partnering with the Smart Water Heat organization and local utilities to offer big discounts through local retailers this fall.

The GE GeoSpring 50-gallon heat pump water heater, normally $1,199, is available for $499  after discounts and rebates. The GeoSpring can be purchased at Sav-Mart and at Lowe’s in Wenatchee. The GE promotion runs Nov. 6 – Dec. 4. Read the FAQ.

The price includes Chelan County PUD’s mail-in rebate of $300.

Rather than generating heat directly, the heat pump saves energy by moving heat from one place to another. The heat pump does the heavy lifting; the electric heating elements are used only when needed. Heat pump water heaters can cut water-heating energy consumption by 50 percent compared to a standard electric water heater. Customers can see up to a 10 percent reduction on household electricity bills.

Smart Water Heat is an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) focused on promoting the education, development and adoption of heat pump water heater technology that is best suited to meet the needs of homeowners in the Northwest.