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Cool savings on heat pumps

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling on June 25th, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

PrintChelan County PUD is offering rebates of $500 and $1,400 to customers who install high-efficiency air-source heat pumps.

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Saving energy is no joke: Upgrade or convert to a high-efficiency heat pump and get a rebate of $500 or $1,400.

Customers who upgrade existing heat pumps are eligible for the $500 rebate. Heat pump upgrades include replacing an existing heat pump, replacing the heat pump portion of a ground source heat pump system, upgrading from zonal (wall and baseboard heaters) to an air-source heat pump, or adding a heat pump to a system with gas back-up.

Customers who convert from an electric forced-air furnace to a high-efficiency air-source heat pump are eligible for a $1,400 rebate.

In both cases, the new heat pumps must have a minimum 9.0 HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) and 14 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).

HSPF is a measure of heating efficiency while SEER is a measure of cooling efficiency. In general, the higher the SEER, the higher efficiency — and cost. However, the energy savings can return the higher initial investment several times during the heat pump’s life. The most efficient heat pumps have SEERs of between 14 and 18.

Before making a purchase, ask your contractor whether the equipment you’re contemplating meets the rebate requirements. A list of licensed and bonded contractors serving Chelan County is available on the PUD website.

Eligible heat pumps can be found by searching the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s website and the ENERGY STAR website for Air Source Heat Pumps. Eligible heat pumps can be found by searching the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s website and the ENERGY STAR website for Air Source Heat Pump

Read a brief overview of the rebate program, then apply for the heat pump rebate here.

The Department of Energy offers a detailed explanation of heat pumps on its website.

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.

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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.

What’s not to like about free?

Posted in Energy conservation, Heating and cooling on March 3rd, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

PrintCommunity Action agency continues to offer free weatherization services for eligible families

The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council wants to remind residents that it’s open for business, providing free insulation and sealing against drafts for eligible households. 

Joanne Knouf, program coordinator, said her agency can improve the comfort of homes by installing energy efficient measures such as attic, wall, floor, water-pipe and duct insulation. Some  heating system and ventilation improvements also are available.

Community Action logo“The weatherization program is primarily a low-income assistance program,” said Knouf. “We help people improve their quality of life by giving them a more healthful home environment, educating them on safety and health concerns, and showing them how they can get more for their energy dollar.”

Services include:

  • Sealing cracks, gaps and holes around doors, windows, pipes and wiring that penetrate the ceiling, floor, and other areas with high potential for heat loss.
  • Sealing furnace ducts, which can account for 20 percent of heat loss.
  • Installing or replacing dryer vents, which can allow moisture and air into the home if not vented properly.
  • Providing proper ventilation to the home to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Installing insulation in walls, floors and ceilings, around ducts, pipes and water heaters, and near the foundation and sill.

To be eligible, customers must live in Chelan or Douglas county in either single- or multi-family homes. Incomes must be at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The program is open to homeowners and to renters with landlord permission.

Both Chelan and Douglas PUDs provide funding for this program. The agency also receives state and federal funding.

To apply for weatherization services, call (509) 662-6156.

Energy savings are adding up

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on February 3rd, 2014 by Susan – Comments Off

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 – 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.

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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!