From farmhouse to warehouse, PUD incentives help customers

by Susan Gillin | Jan 08, 2018

Customers who participated in PUD efficiency programs saved over 15 million kilowatt hours (kWh) last year -- enough to power more than 700 Chelan County homes.

The lion's share of those savings -- about 12 million kWh -- went to efficiency improvements at businesses and government buildings. More than 130 school districts, public agencies and private companies installed energy-efficient lighting with PUD help. Some examples:

  • Manson High/Middle School, 347,000 kWh annual savings, project cost covered by the PUD
  • Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth, 80,000 kWh annual savings, project cost covered by the PUD
  • Shopko in Wenatchee (pictured), 213,000 kWh annual savings, 75% of cost provided by Chelan PUD
  • Chelan Fruit, rebuilding with improved lighting after a devastating 2015 fire, 2.36 million kWh savings at three facilities, about 70% of the cost covered by PUD incentives.
  • Stemilt Growers’ new 500,000-square-foot fruit distribution center received industrial refrigeration fan speed controls and all-LED lighting, 75% of cost covered by the PUD.

A new device funded this year is an “air purger" that improves performance, saves energy and reduces maintenance costs at large fruit storage facilities.

Other companies used PUD incentives to upgrade windows, insulation, refrigeration systems and heating/air conditioning.

You don't have to be big business to take advantage of incentives, said Scott Stanford, PUD commercial adviser. He pointed to two former homes in Wenatchee now operated as office space -- NW Family Services Counseling at 802 S. Mission and Gahringer Insurance at 239 N. Mission -- as examples.

For homeowners, PUD rebates helped prompt customers to install:

  • 148 smart thermostats
  • 163 super-efficient heat pumps
  • 65 ductless heat pumps
  • 55 heat pump water heaters
  • 332 window projects
  • 142 insulation improvements

Homeowners also received thousands of dollars worth of instant rebates on lighting at local stores, and used free LED bulbs, low-flow shower heads and smart plug strips distributed during free home inspections.

Although electricity rates are low in Chelan County, customers continue to find value in efficient upgrades beyond simple payback, said Josh Mitchell, residential energy adviser.

Can we help you, too? Incentives and rebates continue in 2018. 

Find info on our website or email us.

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