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How To Get A Utility Rebate for Saving Energy

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Why Are There Utility Rebates?

Our state has set efficiency and conservation requirements for our utilities to hit. “The total amount of savings regulated utilities expected to save in 2017 was roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity it would take to power over 38,000 homes, and the amount of natural gas it would take to supply approximately 7,000 homes,” (Source WA Utilities and Transportation Committee; 2018 goals not posted). In fact, Washington State is a leader in energy efficiency, and has consistently ranked in the top ten on the national American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard since 2007.

Homeowners get to benefit as the utilities pass along a portion of the energy savings to us in the form of rebates. The primary utilities in Western Washington are Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD, but all of our local power companies have some rebates.

What Energy Upgrades Qualify For Utility Rebates?

Even save money with utility rebates on smaller items like light bulbs.

There are many product categories that have utility rebates available, and each utility has slightly different offers. The primary emphasis is on saving electricity. Additional goals include efficient use of natural gas or water through high efficiency equipment.

While the majority of Washington’s electricity is from clean hydroelectric sources, our state wants to conserve its use so that we can grow without burning more coal or adding more power plants, (plus let’s be real, they sell some to other states). Electricity savings come from, for example, installation of solar panels or efficient heat pumps, conversion from electric heating to natural gas, and LED light bulbs.

Alongside direct energy savings from appliances is a goal of improved home performance, meaning roughly that our homes are sealed and insulated to retain the heating and cooling we put into them. That’s where windows and insulation earn their rebates.

Instant and Turn-key Rebate Options

For heating, air conditioning, gas fireplaces, insulation, windows, and boilers, the utility’s approved contractors, (including Washington energy services), provide qualified systems and trained installation. As a partner with the major utilities, we handle all aspects of the rebate process for our customers; providing qualified products, filling out paperwork accurately and submitting it to the utility. In most cases we can take the rebate amount right off of the invoice, so there is no waiting for a check to come.

Other types of rebates available:

For light bulbs and smaller items, rebates are available on the electric utility’s website. For low flow toilets, which have rebates up to $100, rebates can be found here for Seattle.  For solar or wind rebates and federal tax credits, visit the Washington State new solar incentives page and be sure to review qualified products with your contractor.

For more information or to schedule your rebate qualified upgrade, contact Washington Energy Services.

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Save money with PSE energy rebates and Washington Energy

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Home improvements are a great way to update and improve your home, but they can do more than beautify your space and increase your property’s value. Many of the most popular home improvement projects can also help you reduce your energy consumption and save money as well by offering lower energy costs over the long term and letting you take advantage of current tax and service provider rebates. Washington Energy Services is pleased to be a preferred contractor for Puget Sound Energy, making it possible to enjoy even greater home comfort while taking a step toward a greener lifestyle and gaining excellent returns on your investment.

Install a Ductless Heat Pump

Ductless heat pumps combine two amazing technological concepts into one efficient and convenient home heating and cooling solution. Heat pumps use the concept of heat transfer to remove heat from your home during the summer for cooling, while adding heat to the air inside your home during the winter for heating. These units are more efficient and versatile than traditional air conditioning and furnace systems, offering you excellent energy and financial savings while heating and cooling your home via a single appliance. Ductless technology allows for the retrofitting of older homes without central HVAC ductwork with multi-room heating and cooling systems, which use a single heat pump connected to several in-room distribution units for unparalleled comfort and temperature control. If you opt to install a one-ton or greater ductless heat pump system in your home, you are also eligible for an instant $1,200 rebate from PSE.

Convert from electric to natural gas

Electricity is often used to power home appliances, including furnaces, air conditioners, and water heaters. Although natural gas-powered appliances have been used since the early 20th century, changes in energy prices led to an increase in electrically-powered appliances over time. However, natural gas remains a clean and efficient power source that can be used to run home HVAC and water heating systems, often at lower environmental and financial costs. Today, you can gain significant benefits form converting your home’s electrical appliances to natural gas, including up to more than $3,000 in rebates from PSE. If you choose to convert your space and water heating appliances from electric baseboard heat to natural gas, you may be eligible for $3,550 back; conversions from forced air furnaces can return up to $2,950 in rebates, while space heating-only conversions offer rebates that range from $2,000 to $2,600. If you choose to install new equipment along with your conversion services, you can also enjoy the equipment rebates currently available on top of the baseline rebate for energy conversion.

We can help you take advantage of these amazing rebates and more when you opt to update or upgrade your HVAC system, home insulation, windows, and more in the Seattle area. Schedule a home energy audit, which could save you thousands upfront, and check out our blog for more articles featuring news, general information, and home comfort tips for Seattle.

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