Orcas Power & Light Cooperative awarded ten new homeowners on San Juan Island with checks for $1,710 each for the energy efficient homes that they helped to build through Homes for Islanders. The homes received the Northwest Energy Star certification (www.northwestenergystar.com) and are estimated to save approximately 3,000kWh/year for each home over a standard home built to building code.
Building homes to the Energy Star standards guarantees that the home’s envelope is properly sealed and insulated. Energy efficient windows, heating systems, appliances and lighting are all requirements and everything is verified by a third party. The homes are more comfortable and the utility bills much smaller.
The checks were presented at a luncheon at OPALCO’s Friday Harbor office on Friday, September 14th.