Windows and Duct Sealing

Mind the Gaps: Windows, Ducts, and Weatherization

Keep the heat in and the cold out (or vise versa) with Window Replacement and Duct Sealing rebates from the Jefferson County PUD. Also to keep your home as efficient as possible: look for air leakage, or infiltration, which occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Properly air sealing can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment. In addition to air sealing, you’ll also want to consider adding additional insulation and moisture control and ventilation strategies to ensure your home is comfortable and efficient. Learn more from the Department of Energy here

Window Replacement Rebate Program

Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. Replacing old, single pane windows with energy efficient windows helps lower household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Requirements:
Home must have been built before 1988. Home must have existing single pane windows. Home must meet BPA’s documented insulation levels: Attic insulation must have R12 rating or greater; Walls must have some insulation; Floor insulation must have R12 or greater. Qualifying window improvement must have a U-factor of .30 or less.  Rebate is $3 per square foot.

Duct Sealing Rebate Program

Leaky ducts are a major cause of energy loss from heating and air conditioning systems. These leaks are out of sight and you don’t even know that they are negatively impacting your energy costs. Typically, approximately 25% of the heated/cooled leaks into unconditioned spaces in homes with ductwork.  Unconditioned spaces of your home include crawlspaces, garages or attics. This significantly reduces overall air flow and efficiency. Requirements:
1)All accessible ducts in unheated areas (i.e. crawlspaces and garages) must be sealed to Prescriptive Duct Sealing Specifications by a certified Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) technician. 2) Primary heat source must be either an electric force air furnace or a heat pump.
Benefits: Prescriptive or PTCS duct sealing – $250  FORM – Jefferson PUD Rebate Form for Duct Sealing

Low Income Weatherization Program

For households that qualify, significant energy savings can happen without you spending a single penny. Through Bonneville Power Administration and Jefferson PUD, a homeowner or renter can have a PUD-approved contractor install insulation, duct sealing, a ductless heat pump or windows for no fee to the customer*. Contractors are compensated directly by BPA through the PUD’s energy efficiency program.

So what’s the catch?
BPA has determined that this approach creates real, measurable energy savings that is worth paying for. Remember that improved efficiency is essentially treated like new generation and its far cheaper and more environmentally sound than building a new power plant. Programs like this help power planning for the inevitable regional growth of the future.

How do I know if I qualify?
First, we must verify your income level to determine eligibility. Eligibility is determined by household income of the home. For more information call (360) 385-8375 or email rebates@jeffpud.org.