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Sprucing up this spring? Check PUD rebates

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting, Recycling on April 16th, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

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.

Energy savings are adding up

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Heating and cooling, Lighting on February 3rd, 2014 by Susan – Be the first to comment

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.

Photo of Sav-Mart

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.

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.

No hazardous waste collection this year

Posted in Energy conservation, Environment, Recycling on September 25th, 2013 by Susan – 1 Comment

Chelan County will not be hosting its annual, one-day hazardous waste collection this fall. But if you hang onto your old paint and fluorescent light tubes a little longer, you’ll be able to take them to a permanent facility on a regular basis.

Photo of rusted paint canBrenda Blanchfield, Chelan County Solid Waste director, said the county plans to build a Moderate Risk Waste Facility within the next year. It will function like a transfer station and be open two to three days a week. You’ll be able to drop off household materials including paint, motor chemicals, pool chemicals, garden pesticides, compact fluorescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

“We’ll try to make it as useful as possible for people without duplicating any services already offered in the community,” Blanchfield said.

Grants totaling $600,000 from the state Department of Ecology will be used to acquire property and build the facility, which tentatively is being called the Clean Collection Center. The location hasn’t been determined yet, Blanchfield said, although Cashmere is being considered.

No collection events were scheduled for 2013 because a new facility was supposed to have been built by now. Plans to build a collection center at Olds Station fell through, she said.

While you’re waiting for the new center, Blanchfield suggests a few options:

  • Household compact fluorescent light bulbs can be taken to Home Depot or Lowe’s for recycling.
  • Fluorescent tubes can be recycled using mail-in services from Total Reclaim or Waste Management.
  • Motor oil, antifreeze and automotive batteries can be dropped off for free at the county’s Chelan and Dryden transfer stations.
  • To dispose of latex paint, add kitty litter or sawdust until the paint is the consistency of oatmeal. Let it dry, then throw it in the garbage. The Habitat for Humanity Store will take new or fairly new paint. The best way to get rid of paint, Blanchfield adds, is to use it up.
  • Old gasoline can be a problem, she said, but some gas stations will take it. Some propane companies will take back propane tanks.
  • Refrigerator recycling is available at the Chelan and Dryden transfer stations for a fee. Chelan PUD offers a $30 rebate to customers who recycle fridges but the units must be in working order.

Blanchfield said she understands that “people want to do the right thing, and it’s frustrating when you can’t find a way to do it.”

County-wide recycling information is available on the Solid Waste website.

A hot deal for old refrigerators

Posted in Appliances, Energy conservation, Environment, Recycling on August 6th, 2013 by Susan – Be the first to comment
Photo of refrigerator loaded for recycling

Joe Elliot and Kyle Alford of Jaco Environmental load a refrigerator for recycling. It was their seventh stop of the day in Wenatchee. Jaco provides the service for utilities around the country.

Turn in your old energy hog and we’ll give you $30

The thermometer was pushing 100 degrees when Kyle Alford and Joe Elliot shimmied an old almond-colored refrigerator onto a handtruck, pushed it out the back door of a Western Avenue home, eased it gingerly step by step down a flight of deck stairs, and loaded it onto the bed of a big truck. The process took maybe five minutes, and they barely broke a sweat.

All in a day’s work for this experienced crew from Jaco Environmental.

Jaco crews visit Chelan County for two or three days during the second week of every month. Chelan County PUD contracts with Jaco to pick up and recycle old refrigerators and freezers. Customers receive a $30 rebate for turning in their old appliances.

Since the PUD program began April 1, 53 fridges and 25 freezers have been picked up and sent to Jaco’s Everett warehouse for recycling.

Responsible recycling ensures that over 95 percent of the materials from the discarded appliance are either recycled for beneficial uses or eliminated in an environmentally responsible way. The remaining 5 percent can then be productively used as “fluff” to facilitate the decomposition of biodegradable landfill material. Recycling just one refrigerator prevents up to 10 tons of CO2 and CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere — equal  to taking two cars off the road for one year.

If your refrigerator or freezer is 25 years old, it consumes on average 1,500 kilowatt hours annually. A new unit would consume 400 to 500 kilowatt hours per year. Removing or replacing a refrigerator or freezer with a more efficient model can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the appliance.

If you’re ready to purchase a new fridge or freezer, the PUD has rebates on new energy-efficient appliances, too.

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is, then call to have your old unit picked up: 1-877-577-0510 or make an appointment online.