ABERDEEN, Wash. - Greater Grays Harbor Energy, the Washington State University program that started this January, has been continued through September due to its great success at curbing energy usage, helping local businesses, and encouraging economic development.
The program subsidizes HomePLUS Energy Audits, which use specialized equipment to find out exactly where your home has leaks and cold spots that waste energy and money, and helps you learn what energy efficiency upgrades you need most.
Last quarter Greater Grays Harbor Energy completed 55 HomePLUS audits, which led to $21,000 in rebates for home improvements. In all, $131,000 in private funds were spent locally among ten local contractors and four retail home improvement stores. As a result of these upgrades, homeowners are estimated to save an average of 5,593 kWhe (kilowatt hour equivalents) per year per home (or $413.00 annually).
The grant that funds the program will pay up to $750 toward recommended energy efficiency upgrades in this latest cycle. Additional rebates are available from the Grays Harbor PUD and Cascade Natural Gas.
Homeowners interested in being part of this program, and local contractors interested in becoming approved to do the energy upgrades, should contact Rick Jackson, Greater Grays Harbor Energy Specialist, at 532-7888.