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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.

Hooray for the heat pump

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling on March 11th, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

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.

Cool down with a ductless system

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling on July 16th, 2012 by Susan – 4 Comments
Photo of ductless heat pump

A ductless heat pump (at top of photo) offers super-efficient cooling as well as heating.

Rebate program aims to help homeowners with aging baseboard or wall heat

Chelan County PUD’s ductless heat pump pilot program is up and running.

A ductless heat pump offers efficient air conditioning as well as heating, making summer the perfect time to install a unit — and get a rebate from Chelan PUD.

The PUD is offering rebates of $750 per eligible household to help offset the cost of the units, which ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. Homeowners with electric baseboard or wall heaters are eligible. 

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 electric baseboard or wall heaters (and window air conditioners in the summer).

Ductless systems operate using 25 percent to 50 percent less energy than electric resistance zonal and forced air systems. 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. Ductless heat pumps are safer, quieter, and heat and cool rooms more efficiently.

To get started, contact a local contractor participating in the program. Visit for information about how ductless heat pumps work, their costs and energy savings. More questions? Send an e-mail to or call (509) 661-8008.

Heat pump advice from an expert

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Uncategorized on December 10th, 2009 by Susan – Comments Off

outdoorthermometer_webDuring extreme cold, switching to ‘emergency’ heat reduces energy savings but may increase your comfort

When temperatures drop below freezing, the number one question we hear from heat-pump owners is whether to switch to resistance heat. Most HVAC contractors recommend turning  thermostats to “emergency” or “auxiliary” heat – essentially switching off heat pumps and turning on the furnace – during a cold spell. 

Since that practice costs energy rather than saves it, we called Rod Van Hoven, longtime HVAC contractor and partner at Central Washington Heating of Wenatchee, to find out why. 

“From a strict energy-savings standpoint, run it all the time,” Van Hoven said about heat pumps. But most of his customers are inquiring about how to increase their comfort, he said, which sometimes conflicts with energy efficiency.

“When you have 120-degree air (the temperature of air heated by electric coils in a furnace) and you put your hand over the register, the air feels warm. But air off a heat pump at 80 to 90 degrees feels cold. So if you’re sitting by the register or in your house taking a shower, it’s a comfort issue. This is where we start differentiating between a comfort standpoint and an energy standpoint.” 

Van Hoven said recommendations differ between contractors, but “if people ask me at what temperature they should turn it off, my answer is that if it’s going to be cold for a long period of time, maybe a week, where the high is about 15 degrees, I’d be inclined to turn mine to resistance heat.” 

Van Hoven said he also wants to avoid wear and tear on the machines. “When your heat pump is running at 0 degrees, it’s running a lot. You’re putting hours on that piece of equipment but not getting a whole lot of gain out of it.” 

He said the best advice is to make your house as energy efficient as possible with vinyl-framed double-pane windows and good insulation, and sealed against air leaks. “That’s what will make your house more comfortable at these temperatures. It’s comfort and efficiency together.”