The best time to upgrade your home’s efficiency is when you’re building it.
Chelan PUD’s new construction pilot program encourages homebuilders to go above and beyond energy codes. The PUD is offering $2,000 each for up to 10 homes each year through 2021. To qualify, builders need to show, by modeling energy use, that the home will use 20% less energy than a home that meets current energy codes.
A green home costs more initially but saves in the long run, is healthier to live in and may have higher resale value.
Builders can get a home certified as "green" through multiple programs in Washington. The PUD can help find the right fit. (One recommendation: https://betterbuiltnw.com/)
PUD staff can help with resources, including typical ways to meet the higher efficiency standard, to help builders reach the 20% target.
Builders should work with a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater to get started. Locally, they are:
Chelan PUD residential energy adviser
Read Josh's blog post– Go above and beyond in your new home with a $2,000 rebate