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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.

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.

Photo of chicken atop heat pump

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.

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.

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.