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Thurston Energy Collaborates to Help Lacey Homes and Businesses Become More Energy Efficient

Source: Thurston Energy

June 28, 2011 – Recently, Thurston Energy teamed up with the City of Lacey to provide Lacey homeowners and businesses with incentives to become energy efficient—in the form of cash rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. Available for a limited time (on a first-come, first-served basis), Lacey residents and businesses can take advantage of this opportunity to save money and energy. Funding for this project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to the City of Lacey. Grant funds are administered by Thurston Energy for use in Lacey homes and businesses.

“We are appreciative that Lacey can pass Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding to our citizens through the Thurston Energy program,” said Lacey Mayor Tom Nelson. “Lacey citizens can benefit from energy savings while these Recovery Act dollars stimulate the growth of jobs in our economy.”

Thurston Energy provides a one-stop approach to efficiency education and implementation. As part of this project, Thurston Energy’s HomePLUSTM energy use evaluation is available to Lacey homeowners for $95 per household. This is an exclusive offer to Lacey residents—more than 50% off the market price (the HomePLUSTM retails for $195). The HomePLUSTM is a comprehensive, building science-based evaluation of a home, including the mechanical systems, complete with a blower door test and infrared thermography that can show how a house is wasting energy through air infiltration, missing insulation, water damage and more. Homeowners will receive a customized report describing the findings, with an Energy Performance Score – an “MPG-rating” of their home; plus FREE money-saving coupons exclusive to their customers, information about efficiency technologies, tax incentives, local utility programs and more. Thurston Energy will also work closely with property owners to help them make recommended upgrades, by connecting them with local contractors who can provide upgrade work or to local financial institutions should they need financing for larger projects.

“We think of ourselves as a third-party, honest advisor for energy efficiency. Our goal is to help people make the efficiency upgrades that make sense for their buildings and will provide the biggest bang for their buck,” says Ramsey Zimmerman, Program Director for Thurston Energy. “And to encourage people in Lacey to make energy efficient upgrades, we’re offering cash rebates to customers when they make select upgrades.”

The residential rebate structure is simple: Thurston Energy is offering a $95 rebate to Lacey HomePLUSTM customers when they make $950 in pre-tax upgrades to their home, OR $800 in pre-tax upgrades plus sign up to purchase 100% Green Power through PSE. PSE’s voluntary Green Power Program makes it easy for PSE customers to buy renewable energy equal to the amount of electricity they use at their home or business. PSE Green Power customers support independent renewable energy projects— including wind, solar and biomass—located in the Pacific Northwest.

Residents can visit Thurston Energy’s website at www.thurstonenergy.org or call 360.528.2112 to find out more information about how the rebate program works.

About Thurston Energy:

Started in January of 2010, Thurston Energy is a local program, run as a partnership between the Thurston Economic Development Council and the Thurston Climate Action Team. A WSU Extension pilot program funded by federal stimulus dollars, Thurston Energy’s mission is to make it easy for homeowners and businesses to save money, save energy and reduce climate impacts by reducing their energy usage.

*This offer is supported by Grant No. DE-RW0000226, awarded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy to the City of Lacey.

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