Posts Tagged ‘Community Energy Challenge’

Energy Upgrades are Always in Season

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Summertime looms, and for us Pacific Northwesterners, there are still plenty of cool days until we get to midsummer. Regardless of the time of year, You can make your home or business more energy efficient when you undertake projects aimed at improving lighting, weatherization, and home ventilation. The Community Energy Challenge (CEC) is all about improving our energy use, and took direct aim at saving energy and money.

In 2015 alone, the CEC helped with 38 energy upgrade projects affecting 26 homes in San Juan County. Homeowners took advantage of everything from duct sealing, weather stripping, new ductless heat pumps, ventilation improvements, and wall, attic and floor insulation. The homes and businesses were able to realize an average annual utility bill savings of $520.

The whole program was made possible by more than $76K in CEC incentive contributions, OPALCO energy savings rebates, and San Juan Conservation District non-electric grant funds. Also, the CEC commercial program, operated by Sustainable Connections, completed energy upgrades for 9 county businesses. Those improvements tackled lighting, heating, and weatherization.

Who paid for all this? CEC contributed $10,780 in project incentives and OPALCO rebates added another $3,647.

Need to know more about how these programs can help our low-income members? Call ……. And we can help you find programs and incentives that fit your home or business.

The 2015 Island Energy Fairs are coming!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Members of all ages learn to save energy.

Want to test drive an Electric Vehicle (EV), tour solar homes, and learn about the latest ways to save energy?

OPALCO invites you to join us at the Energy Fairs.

This is an interesting and fun way to understand the sources of electric power and to be aware of your own personal energy usage habits and savings options. The OPALCO Energy Savings team, the M.O.R.E. (Member Owned Renewable Energy) committee, and Islands Energy will be participating. In addition to energy efficiency and conservation workshops, there will be free kids activities, raffle prizes, and much more!

Comparing the energy consumption of different kinds of lights.

Comparing the energy consumption of different kinds of lights.

The Island Energy Fairs represent a community collaboration between San Juan Islands Conservation District and OPALCO.

San Juan Island Energy Fair

Saturday, May 30 from 10am-3pm
At the Mullis Community Center

Orcas Island Energy Fair

Saturday, June 6 from 10am-3pm
At the Eastsound Village Green

Lopez Island Energy Fair

Saturday, June 27 from 10am-3pm
At the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

Highlights include:

  • Free energy savings kits
  • A light bulb exchange (bring any number of incandescent bulbs and up to 10 expired CFLs to exchange for 3 new 60W equivalent standard LED bulbs)
  • Demonstrations of electric vehicles
  • Information about home energy audits and locally generated power
  • Information about OPALCO efficiency rebate programs
  • Local contractor booths
  • Details about planned Community Solar projects
  • Energy keynote speakers

 

Kids checking out a Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

Kids checking out a Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

Learn about Solar Energy for your home

Cash in on OPALCO Rebates!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Spotlight on Energy Rebates: Meichelle Roberts, San Juan Island

Meichelle Roberts

Meichelle Roberts,
OPALCO Member

 

Member Meichelle Roberts of San Juan Island noticed her high electric bills and knew it was time to take action. She called OPALCO to learn more about available efficiency rebate incentives to help offset the cost of home improvements she was considering. The payback was huge! Meichelle replaced windows, installed a ductless heat pump, and upgraded her insulation. This made her home significantly more efficient, and Meichelle received checks from OPALCO totaling $6,163.

To further reduce her out of pocket costs, Meichelle joined the Opportunity Council’s Community Energy Challenge and received an additional 30% off the cost of these upgrades. The estimated energy savings for these upgrades totaled 17,871 kWhs!

Meichelle is very happy with the final outcome. “Through the collaboration of OPALCO and the Community Energy Challenge, these improvements to my home were affordable and reduced my long-term utility expenses. I am absolutely satisfied with the results. The program process was also very easy.”

When asked why energy efficiency is important to her, Meichelle responded “Everyone should take an active role to participate in conserving energy. I liked doing my piece as a part of the big picture goal. Saving resources is always important. It’s more than avoiding waste, it is a financial responsibility as well. “

Join Meichelle in the effort to reduce energy waste! To claim your incentives while making your home more energy efficient, call the OPALCO Energy Savings team at 376-3586 or contact us via email.