The double-rebates offer began in October and was set to expire at the end of this year. But the program has proved so popular with customers and retailers that PUD managers decided to extend it.
“We’re excited that so many customers are taking advantage of this to weatherize their homes,” said Mark Wiser, senior conservation adviser for the PUD. “For the customer, it means energy savings and improved comfort. For local businesses, it means additional work and jobs.
“For the PUD, it means we’re that much closer to meeting our targets for conservation” under the state Energy Independence Act.
Through 2013, customers will be eligible to receive rebates of $6 per square foot for new, energy-efficient windows and 50 cents per square foot for added insulation.
Since incentives were doubled to these rates on Oct. 3, the PUD received 78 applications from customers for rebates. That means about a third of all applications received so far this year were submitted in the last nine weeks.
Energy saved in Chelan County helps keep local rates low. When residential and business customers conserve, that power can be sold on the wholesale market at a higher rate. It also reduces the need to purchase higher-cost power when, on occasion, the power is needed to meet demand during the winter heating season.
Local retailers and contractors have seen an uptick in business this fall during a time traditionally slow for business and during a struggling economy. “We’ve talked to some local business people who’ve had trouble keeping up with all their orders for windows,” Wiser noted.
Details on how to apply for rebates are on the PUD website. Rebates also are available on ductless heat pumps. Rebates on energy-efficient appliances and a recycling program for refrigerators are planned in 2013.