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Fall for these 5 autumn maintenance tips

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Keep the cold out.

Feeling a little drafty now? Just wait until winter. Drafty doors and windows not only make for uncomfortable living spaces, but they also cause unnecessary energy loss and costs. That’s why it’s crucial to conduct a window and door audit of your home and install any necessary weather stripping or caulking to keep the warmth in and the cold out. If your windows continually allow cold air in or you see condensation between panes, it’s probably time to replace them. Luckily, with 20% off all windows and doors from WES, this can be your warmest winter yet.

Get your mind in the gutter.

Fall’s beautiful red and gold leaves mean clogged gutters and a whole lot of work if left for months on end. Clean your gutters and downspouts now and regularly throughout the fall and winter. Also, consider installing gutter guards to keep this task manageable (and bearable).

Inspect your furnace.

Before you really kick your furnace into full gear, consider having it serviced by a professional. Our precision tune-ups provide a 37-point inspection that will ensure your system runs efficiently, effectively, and safely. By inspecting, testing, tightening, and cleaning, this service can also help extend the life of your furnace. If it’s time to replace it, check out furnaces from WES—they’re 20% off for a limited time.

Speaking of heat

This fall, inspect your water heater for leaks and always keep an eye out for rusty water. Pay special attention to the year in which your water heater was manufactured. If it is nearing or over ten years old—or if it’s just not performing to your needs and you’re tired of cold showers in the morning—consider replacing it with a tankless water heater from WES; they’re 20% off for a limited time. With optimum efficiency and endless hot water, it’ll ensure your winter mornings stay warm and relaxing.

Prepare your yard.

It’s time to accept it—spring and summer are over. And while we still get to enjoy the beautifully colored foliage of fall for a while longer, it’s time to prepare our yards for winter. Here are a few quick tips to get your yard in shape for the colder temperatures.

  • Remove dead annuals and mulch perennials—mulching will help prepare your yard for winter by guarding plants the cold, harsh weather.
  • Rake leaves and lawn clippings to prevent areas of your lawn from being buried under leaves and getting sun-deprived.
  • Clear out any plant debris from your garden to prevent mildew, mold, and other problems that can result from stagnation.
  • Do one last complete weeding of your lawn and garden.

Keep in mind that fall is a great time to catch up on any home improvement and maintenance tasks that may have fallen to the wayside this summer. You’ll be glad you did in mid-January when the temperature has dropped, and the cozy fire is calling your name.

Don’t forget, our cash for energy clunkers sale continues until 11/30/2015, so be sure to check out our heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, tankless water heaters, siding, generators, gas fireplace inserts, and insulation. We have the products you want at 20% off, and the energy savings you need to keep your home (and your wallet) happy.

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Warm up to a tankless water heater

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It’s only after you’ve calmed your chattering teeth that you realize you were the fifth member of the family to take a shower this morning—big mistake. Don’t worry, there’s a way to ensure your showers stay warm, whether you’re first, fifth, or tenth in the shower queue.

It’s time to go tankless. Unlike a standard water tank that eventually runs out of hot water and requires time to reheat, a tankless water heater provides an endless supply of steamy H2O. Simply put, it’s on-demand hot water.

There are several comfort and efficiency benefits in going tankless.

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot

Not surprising, the most obvious benefit of tankless water heaters is the endless hot water it provides. No fighting for the first shower of the day or competing with the washer or dishwasher for hot water. It’s there when you need it, for as long as you need it.

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No wasted energy

Installing a tankless water heater can reduce the cost of water heating by up to 30%, if you keep your relative water usage the same. That’s because there’s no continual heating component like a standard water heater. No heating overnight, during the day while your family is at work and school, or when you’re on vacation. It’s ready to heat—but not before you say so.

As a bonus, this efficient operation allows tankless water heaters to enjoy a lifespan that is twice as long as standard water heaters.

A cool set of options for warmth

All homes, budgets, and water needs are different. That’s why we carry several brands and models to provide the pricing and features that work best for you.

20% off for a limited time

If this isn’t a benefit, we don’t know what is. Get 20% off tankless water heaters* now with our Cash for Clunkers promotion. There’s never been a better time to keep the hot water flowing.

These energy-saving, endless-hot-water-flowing solutions provide peace of mind and peaceful mornings. It’s time to reclaim your showers.

*Sale ends 11/30/2015 – Visit our sale page for our latest specials.

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Cash for energy clunkers

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But first things first: products don’t last forever. As your home’s comfort systems get older, they become inefficient and costly.

That’s why for a limited time (Until 11/30/2015) you can trade in your old heating and cooling systems, windows, siding, tankless water heaters, generators, and gas fireplaces for 20% off replacements and installation from Washington Energy Services.

Not sure if it’s time to replace your aging item? Here are a few tips.

Heating and cooling systems

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Furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners can vary in life expectancy, but 15 years is standard. Keep in mind that as your heating or cooling system gets older, the energy efficiency can decrease dramatically. In fact, aging heating and cooling systems can cause a 15-30% increase in your utility bills.

If you’ve noticed your bills creeping ever-higher, consider replacing your clunker with an energy efficient option from Washington Energy. Our furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners make economic sense—especially with 20% off and free removal of your old system.



Dealing with windows that are consistently drafty, covered in condensation, or leaking? Now is the time to replace them. While the average life span of windows varies depending on material types (vinyl, aluminum, wood, etc.), replacing your windows with an energy efficient solution will not only save on energy costs—it can greatly reduce maintenance and improve the beauty and curb appeal of your home. With cost effective vinyl windows, eco-conscious composite windows, and elegant wood window options, WES has the vast selection and installation expertise you need to start enjoying your windows again.



Nothing protects your home to the same degree as siding. Siding failures can result in water damage, rot, mold, and more. If you see widespread cracking, warping, fading or rotting in your siding, it’s time for it to go. Protect your home with James Hardie fiber cement siding—the #1 siding used by residential markets in America. Or consider low maintenance composite vinyl siding.

With an incredibly long life expectancy, a variety of styles and colors, and premier installation from Washington Energy Services—all at 20% off—replacing your siding couldn’t be simpler or timelier.

Water heaters

Winter is a time that you do want to find yourself in hot water. With an average life span of 8-12 years, water heaters are one of the most common home improvement investments. If your water heater just isn’t cutting it, it’s time to trade in and trade up to an energy efficient tankless water heater from WES. Our tankless water heaters provide endless hot water and peace of mind that your busy home’s faucets won’t go cold.


The purpose of generators is to provide comfort, consistency, and of course, energy when the unexpected happens. An aging generator may not be able to provide these elements when you need them most. Take a look at generators from WES and consider replacing your “it might work” generator with an “it’s got my back” generator.

Gas fireplaces

Cozy. Beautiful. Efficient. If these words don’t describe your fireplace, it’s time for a change. With traditional, classic, and modern designs made to offer optimum efficiency and warmth, Washington Energy can help you select the right gas fireplace for your unique home and decor, and provide installation and removal. Stay warm (and stylish) this winter.

Take stock of these items in your home and consider starting fresh with energy efficient solutions from Washington Energy Services. With 20% off, there’s never been a better time to replace your clunkers and become acquainted with lower energy bills and year-round comfort.

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Top 10 back to school energy savings

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Be in hot water

Is your water heater up to the challenge of multiple, concurrent showers? Getting ready for school and work can put a strain on an old or undersized water heater—making showers chilly. If your water heater is nearing ten years old, it may be time for an energy-efficient upgrade from Washington Energy. Check out our standard and tankless water heaters and ensure your fall mornings aren’t starting colder than they need to.

Stay warm at the right time

You hate wasting energy, but you also don’t want to return to a cold home. The answer is simple: set it and forget it. Honeywell’s thermostats are sleek, smart, and can provide major savings on your energy bills—up to 15%. Set the thermostat to drop the temperature during the day, raise it right before you or the kids get home, and reap the rewards all season long.

Inspect your heating

Speaking of heat, it’s a good idea to get your furnace inspected by a professional before you start using it in full force. A Precision Tune-Up will make sure it stays running smoothly during the back to school season and beyond.


Don’t let the cold out

The back to school season means the return of early morning lunch prep. When you’re making lunches, grab everything you need out of the refrigerator at one time and be sure to shut the door. Leaving the door open, even for short periods of time, can waste a surprising amount of energy.

Remember to unplug

It sounds spooky, but “vampire power” is very real. It’s the energy loss that comes from devices you’re not using, but still have plugged in. Think hair dryers, fans, and video game consoles. Get your family in the habit of unplugging devices before school and work to combat this creepy (and costly) phenomenon.

Close the blinds

If you find your home is too hot or too cold – a culprit might be your windows. Closing your blinds or curtains can mitigate cold air or block hot rays of sunshine.

Don’t let a drip drain your wallet

Be sure to fix faucet leaks, drips and running toilets as soon as possible. If you’re unsure of the overall state of your plumbing, consider a plumbing inspection, which will identify these costly problems.

Time your lighting

Always forgetting to turn off the porch light? How about the living room lamp before bed? As the days get shorter, it’s a great time to program your lights to a timer. You can set them to illuminate at homework time and turn off for bedtime.

Have a backup (generator) plan

Do you have a plan for power loss during an ice or windstorm? A Ggenerac backup generator from WES ensures life goes on without skipping a beat. Homework is done, meals can be cooked, and the family stays warm.

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Know where you stand

The first day of school is a great time to maximize your home’s energy efficiency before fall and winter set in. A home energy audit gives you the knowledge and information you need for improvement, including:

  • Customized color report detailing audit results
  • Prioritized list of opportunities to improve home’s performance
  • Tips to improve indoor air quality
  • Utility savings modeling on home
  • Detailed breakdown of available incentives and rebates

While saying goodbye to summer can be tough, the back to school season is a fresh start and an exciting time for everyone. With additional energy savings, back to school can be economical as well.

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Tank vs tankless – the water heater wars

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Tank water heaters

Most homes have standard 40 or 50 gallon tank water heaters. They keep water hot all day and night, ready for your use. Tank water heaters usually last around ten years, during which time even the best of them builds up sediment and a little rust. After ten years of use, don’t be surprised if a little bit of water begins to leak from the bottom signaling a failed tank and the need for a replacement. It is especially important to keep an eye on older tanks that are in the home as a leaky tank can result in water damage or worse. With this in mind it is a good idea to have a general game plan put together for when the time comes to replace your tank water heater.

The first thing you need to investigate is what type of tank you have. There are two main ways your tank heats water: electricity or gas. An electric tank has no venting and is often in a conditioned space (meaning inside your house, not the garage). There are two types of gas water heaters: B-vent and Direct Vent. B-Vent has smaller four inch venting that exhausts into a chimney or ties into another exhaust vent. The direct vent will vent directly to the exterior of the home at a 90 degree angle. Can you identify which one you have?

The electric tank is the least expensive tank to buy. However, it terms of your utility bill, an electric tank will cost you the most to run on a monthly basis. This is because it takes a fair amount of electrical power to heat the water, and electricity costs more than natural gas. We recommend that if you have the ability to get gas to the house that you get a gas water heater which will be a less overall cost to run over the lifetime of the tank.

For gas tanks there are two main efficiencies, the .67 and the .62. That means 62-67% of the fuel they take in is converted into heating. These ratings are the same for both the b-vent tanks and the direct vent tanks. The main difference is that the higher efficiency unit has a vent damper which runs about 500-800 dollars more. This will save you about $20 per month on your natural gas bill at today’s prices. In 2 years, a federal efficiency mandate will require all tanks to be at a .67 efficiency so anyone buying a tank will need this vent damper. In terms of the base cost between the direct vent and the b-vent, the direct vent is the most expensive because of the extra technology used for the exhaust venting.

Tankless water heater

The alternative for homes with gas or propane is a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater will heat water only when you need it though a heat exchanger. And it never runs out. There is no reserve of water to rust out a tank and leak. The water is pumped into the system and heated on demand. This is a great option for people who travel between homes, or don’t want to heat water when they are not there. The tankless is also a wonderful solution to problems like running out of hot water in the morning or evenings when most of your hot water usage takes place. With a tankless you can supply the unlimited hot water to more than one appliance at a time – so you can shower while your dishwasher runs and both get equally hot water.

The cost for a tankless water heater can be 2 -3 times the cost of a tank. However, they have a much longer life expectancy of 20 years, with 12 year warrany on the heat exchanger. Tankless units are more efficient, with models at 84% up to 95% efficiency (.84, .95). With that greater efficiency, if you kept your water use the same, your tankless water heater should reduce your gas bill and help bridge the price gap. However, most people find that savings short lived, as they really enjoy longer hot showers.

Having a plan in place for when your tank needs to be replaced helps reduce the stress around dealing with what is normally an unexpected problem. If your tank is 10 years or older get in the habit of checking the bottom of the tank for leaks. Once a water heater begins to leak, it can only get worse so once you spot water it is time to call us to get the problem fixed.

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Rheem tankless water heaters info

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1-2 Bathroom homes
RTG-64 Series
Indoor Direct Vent and Outdoormodels. RTG-64DV, RTG-64X –
Natural or LP Gas. Remote Control.

2-3 Bathroom homes
RTG-84 Series
Indoor Direct Vent and Outdoor models. RTG-84DV, RTG-84X –
Natural or LP Gas. Remote Control.

3 Bathroom homes*
RTG-95 Series
Indoor Direct Vent and Outdoor models. RTG-95DV, RTG-95X –
Natural or LP Gas. Remote Control.

EZ-Link™ Cable System
64, 84 and 95 series tankless installations are easily expandable.
For high demand applications you can connect two or more Rheem
tankless units to operate together. Contact a Washington Energy Services Home Energy Specialist for details.

Why tankless gas water heaters by Rheem?

Continuous hot water…
when you need it. It’s that simple.
The popularity of oversize tubs is growing, and so is the demand for large volumes of low-cost hot water. The Rheem Tankless provides a compact solution for a continuous supply of energy-efficient hot water that won’t run out.

Energy–efficient design…
low-cost operation.
Why keep 40-50 gallons of water hot when you don’t need it? It’s expensive to continue to heat and re-heat water when you’re not home or not using it. Rheem’s tankless design offers convenience without the high cost of keeping
water hot.

Compact size…
good things do come in small packages.
Rheem Tankless is about one third the size of a conventional water heater. Sophisticated technology has reduced the size and increased the features and benefits. A digital display makes setting a precise water temperature, or monitoring the unit’s status, a snap! Its compact size will leave room for a water softener or extra storage.

Precise temperature control
Many user and installer-friendly features make the Rheem Tankless the easiest tankless water heater to own. The digital display makes it simple to set the water temperature. Simply set the desired temperature and walk away. Because the water is heated only when it is needed, the outgoing water temperature remains constant.

Should maintenance be required, the unit’s self- diagnostic system will display a maintenance code, which makes troubleshooting quick, accurate and less expensive.

EZ-LINK™ cable
EZ-Link cable connects two tankless units to operate as one – now available for high demand applications.

Rheem quality
We are committed to providing the highest quality product to customers. The Rheem Tankless is no exception. The specially designed features have been field and laboratory tested to ensure consistent, precise operation to meet our quality standards.

• Use as an energy-efficient water heater. Use larger models for multiple use applications, smaller models for single use applications.

• Perfect for handling the hot water demands of today’s oversize tubs.

• Heat water for a vacation home without the inconvenience of emptying and refilling a tank-style water heater each season.

• Provides an ideal solution when space is an issue.

The Rheem Tankless makes quick work of all these applications with one
convenient, reliable unit that will fit almost anywhere indoors, or if space is tight.

Call today for a FREE in-home estimate 1-800-398-HOME (4663)


Product appearance may differ.
* Based on simultaneous showers using 2.5 gallons per minute. Flow rates vary depending on temperature of cold water supply. These selections are based on typical showers & faucets operating simultaneously at 65° F ground water. Typical shower – up to 2.5 gallons of water flow per minute; typical faucets – up to 2 gallons of water flow per minute. Model selections and availability are subject to change without notice.

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Congratulations, Bob & Edie you’ve joined the tankless life!

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Edie, a retired school teacher, and Bob, a retired police officer, told us that they have entered a lot of contests over the years but have never won.  We were thrilled to deliver their first contest victory!

After a site visit by our team, all of the information and permits were obtained, and we were able to schedule a convenient day to come out and install the unit.  As you see in the photos, our great team of installers removed the old tank, ran the necessary new piping, and had Bob and Edie in hot water by early afternoon.

Bob & Edie selected the Rheem RTG 95 condensing unit because of its energy efficiency. This tankless water heater is 94% efficient – and if they don’t start taking longer showers or washing the car with hot water, they should see a reduction in their gas bill.

All tankless water heaters heat water on demand, which means they don’t heat it until you need it. That unit works especially well for them as they spend time up on the San Juan Islands and won’t be paying to heat water while they are not home.

The RTG 95 has a 94% efficiency rating; a step up from their 82% efficient tank water heater.  94% of the energy used to heat the water actually goes into heating the water and little is wasted.  These units are rated for 4.9 gallons a minute of hot water which will easily run 2 showers at the same time, and have the muscle to do more.

The Rheem tankless provides:

  • Endless hot water
  •  Space saving – its the size of a roll on suitcase
  •  Lifespan of 20 years vs typical 8-10 of a standard tank
  • An easy to use digital thermostat
  •  Keeps heat in the system for up to 5 min after you shut off your hot water, eliminating most cold water sandwiching
  • Comes with a great warranty, 12 years on heat exchanger, 5 year parts warranty, one year labor.

All of us at Washington Energy love when we can do these contests and create a few smiles for our splendid customers.  Thanks to all who made this contest possible, especially Rheem for providing one of their top tankless units, and our team who installed it.  So Bob and Edie, throw a load of laundry in, start the dishwasher and head upstairs and run a bath because you are now living the tankless lifestyle!

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Hot trends are… hot!

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Hot trends are… hot!

  1. Tankless Water Heaters – topping the list of most desired home improvements for 2012 is the tankless water heater. In our recent Northwest Energy Survey, 16% of Seattle area residents planning home upgrades in 2012 are looking at tankless water heaters. Why? Because who doesn’t want an endless supply of hot water.Tankless water heaters work on demand, when you are not home, they are not wasting fuel to heat water. And at the same time, there’s no water sitting in a tank rusting it out. The tankless water heater is small (like a carry on suitcase) and lasts much longer than a standard tank, up to 20 years. The best part is that you won’t be using as much energy for water heating (of course, if you take longer showers or fill that tub all the way up, well, you might not get that savings, but you’ll love the comfort!) . If you looked at tankless when it first came on the market, things have changed. Prices are lower and features/quality of performance is better. Yes, endless hot water technology is more expensive than a standard tank and you can’t really install it yourself. It will cost about the same as 2 standard tanks and last about as long as 2 tanks, possibly longer.Brands of tankless that are popular in the Northwest include Rheem, Rinnai, Eternal and Navien. The features that you can use to compare them are:
    • Issues with cold water sandwiching
    • Cost
    • Reserve tanks for faster hot water/time to get hot water
    • Warranty
    • Gas or Propane fuel source
  2. Ductless Heat Pumps – there will be several exhibitors at the Seattle Home Show including Washington Energy Services showing ductless heat pumps. These are extremely popular elsewhere in the world, and now making their way to the US as we become more energy conscious. The ductless heat pump is an efficient electric heating source that can save you up to 40% on your heating costs. Don’t take our word for it, the Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project of the Bonneville Power Authoritywants you to go ductless too.What’s so cool about ductless, well for one, it cools. It provides both heating and air conditioning. With the dramatic swings in climate we are seeing in the Northwest, more people are interested in air conditioning. Many air conditioning units are not a fit for city dwellers with terraces or noise ordinance restrictions. The small outside part of a ductless unit is super quiet and can meet all of those needs. In fact, ductless heat pumps are great for condos, townhomes and single family homes. A whole home can be heated and cooled. Another excellent use for ductless is in older homes with insufficient ducting. There you might have one or two rooms with no real source of heat. You can see photos of ductless units and learn more about them at www.goingductlessnorthwest.comExcellent ductless heat pumps are made by several manufacturers such as Daikin, Mitsubishi and Fujitsu. Daikin is the world leader in HVAC.
  3. Hydronic heating – also called a combo boiler system. This cutting edge of green heating systems uses tankless technology to heat the entire home. This is a tankless water heater that also heats your space. Unlike conventional boilers, this type of system provides the energy saving benefits of on demand heating for both water and the house, via radiant heating. It’s very green and the quality of heat produced is super comfortable. Typically this takes the form of radiant floor heating. Radiant heating systems run hot water under your floors to heat your home. They cover the entire room evenly and it feels great underfoot. It’s nice and quiet, with no furnace fan noise. Radiant heating is a closed loop system that loses little heat while moving heated water around. And uses very little electricity to run. So it’s cost efficient. There are several utility incentives to help you pay for this as it’s going to require an upfront investment.Washington Energy Services provides tankless, ductless and hydronic heating products. We will be displaying several tankless water heaters and a working ductless heat pump at the Seattle Home Show. See below for a special offer code for 2 for 1 admission, free parking and bonus gifts.

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