A crew from Community Glass installs energy-efficient windows at the Parkview Apartments. Chelan PUD rebates are helping cover part of the cost.
For several years, Sandy Jingling has had a clear view of what’s needed at the Parkview Apartments she manages: new windows.
She’s finally getting them, in a big project funded in part by Chelan County PUD.
The PUD provides rebates to customers who replace old metal-framed windows with new, energy-efficient, vinyl-framed windows. This is the first time the PUD has provided incentives for such a large apartment complex; Parkview has 112 units with a total of 575 windows.
Workers from Community Glass began replacing windows the last week of April. The project required three semi-truckloads from Jeld-Wen, the window manufacturer in Yakima. The windows should all be installed by June 10.
Jingling (in photo at right) said the three Parkview staff members – herself and brothers Javier Rocha and Gaston Rocha, who provide maintenance – have worked together for 10 years and “for a good five years we’ve been talking about and wanting new windows. The windows had been here since 1974, so it’s long overdue.”
Before the change, she said, “you either couldn’t see through them or the caulking was gone on the windows or you could just push the windows in and out (of the framing). The tenants are starting to open their blinds… They can’t get over how nice they are. And it will make such a difference with cooling or heating.”
Electric bill savings, which will be shared by tenants, are estimated at $2,790 per year.
Window efficiency is rated by U-factor. U-factor measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping a home or building. The lower the U-factor, the better a product is at keeping heat inside the building. To receive a rebate, the PUD requires customers to install windows with a U-factor of .30 or lower. Parkview’s new windows have U-factors of .30.
PUD rebates are covering about a quarter of the cost, paying $4 per square foot of new window. Apartment owners interested in window upgrades should contact Josh Mitchell, residential energy adviser, at (509) 661-4380, firstname.lastname@example.org. Homeowners are eligible for $6 per square foot. Information on homeowner rebates is on the Chelan PUD website.