Clark Public Utilities substantially raises home energy rebates

A typical household spends about half its utilities budget on heating and cooling.

For a limited time, Clark Public Utilities has significantly raised rebates on new and replacement heat pumps, ductless heat pumps and double and triple-pane windows.

“We hope that increasing our incentives will make these money-saving energy efficiency projects more affordable to our customers while also spurring economic activity in our community,” said Clark Public Utilities Energy Services Supervisor DuWayne Dunham. “But these incentives are available for a  short period of time, so we encourage customers to act soon.” 

A typical household spends about half its utilities budget on heating and cooling. Residents of homes built before 1990 may spend even more. Photo by Mike Schultz
A typical household spends about half its utilities budget on heating and cooling. Residents of homes built before 1990 may spend even more. Photo by Mike Schultz

A typical household spends about half its utilities budget on heating and cooling. Residents of homes built before 1990 may spend even more.

“Upgrading a home’s heating system or windows will help homeowners significantly reduce their energy expenses and reduce energy waste,” Dunham said.  

Heat pumps will yield big savings on a home energy bill. Clark Public Utilities customers can save about 30 percent on their electric heating costs when they switch from zonal heaters (like cable ceiling or wall heaters) to a ductless heat pump. They also offer air conditioning for year-round home climate control. 

The specific rebate offered will depend on the home’s current electric heating system. Rebates now range from $500 for the installation of a basic heat pump up to $2,000 for a customer currently heating their home with an electric furnace who chooses to install a variable speed heat pump.

Double or triple pane windows offer up to three times the insulating value of their single pane counterparts. Modern vinyl window frames lose significantly less heat than metal frames. 

New windows will also reduce noise from outside the home, hold indoor temperatures steady longer and reduce heating and cooling costs. Homeowners with single pane or metal framed windows may qualify for $6 and $8 per square foot rebate on double or triple pane windows, respectively. 

Certain conditions apply to qualify for a rebate. In addition to having electric heat, all work must be done by a contractor participating in the utility’s Contractor Network. The network isn’t an endorsement, warranty, or guarantee for any company. It’s a list of contractors proven to be well-versed in the current rebates and weatherization programs, maintain all necessary licenses, bonds, insurance and all necessary professional certifications. Listed contractors also meet the utility’s high customer service standards, which includes all applicable social distancing guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, call the Clark Public Utilities Energy Counselor of the Day at (360) 992-3355 or email ecod@clarkpud.com

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