Archive for September, 2010

Lopez EE Projects Get BIG rebate checks

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The Lopez Village Market and Lopez School District were both presented with BIG rebate checks this week for energy efficiency projects. The new market received $37,567 through the EnergySmart Grocer program and the School District received $43,675 for an HVAC upgrade through BPA. Read the full story.

Ductless Heat Pumps

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Ductless Heat Pumps are highly efficient heating and cooling systems that are easily installed as a new primary heat source for electrically heated homes. Ductless systems heat and cool homes at a fraction of the cost of baseboards and wall heaters. Check out a Ductless Heat Pump Comparison for actual efficiency and savings. For example, one dollar buys 121,893 BTUs through a Ductless Heat Pump, compared to 48,757 for electric baseboard heat. OPALCO has rebates available now for Ductless Heat Pumps.

MORE Draft Guidelines for Review 9/29

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The minutes of the 9/15/10 meeting of the MORE Steering Committee are now posted, as is the agenda for the next meeting and DRAFT MORE guidelines for review at that meeting. Next meeting is Wednesday, September 29th, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm at Russell’s Landing on Orcas Island.

Consumer Reports: Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The October issue of Consumer Reports is all about energy efficiency. Check it out!

MORE Meets 9/15

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The next meeting of the MORE Steering Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15th, 1:30 pm at the Lopez Island Library. The public is welcome to attend. Minutes from the 9/1/10 are now posted on the MORE page.

Window Rebates

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Did you know OPALCO is offering a rebate of $6 per square foot on window replacement? While window replacement is not the most cost-effective weatherization measure in the toolbox, new energy efficient windows can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home – and can bring other benefits such as increased comfort and home value. Before replacing windows, it is most prudent to make sure your home is well insulated and sealed.

Check out the Efficient Windows Collaborative – a great resource for figuring out what kind of windows make most sense in our climate zone.  For example, a low U factor is important but a higher SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) makes sense to allow for solar heat gain in the winter months.  A lot of companies market windows that have both low U-factor and Low SHGC to cover all the climate zones with one Energy Star qualified product.