Free energy efficiency upgrades available for Kittitas County residents

PSE NEWS RELEASE -- Puget Sound Energy is offering electric customers who live in manufactured homes and use electric forced-air as their primary heat source the chance to seal up leaky ductwork and receive other energy efficiency upgrades for free. The service is being offered to PSE customers in several areas around Kittitas County:  Cle Elum, Easton, Ellensburg, Kittitas, and Thorp.  The estimated value to each customer is about $500, and the upgrades could reduce their heating bills by approximately 30 percent.

A large number of manufactured homes likely have leaky heating and cooling systems that have to work overtime, which results in higher energy bills. The program helps customers who live in manufactured homes install energy-efficient measures to increase their comfort and manage their energy bills.

PSE has teamed up with energy services specialist UCONS, LLC to install the free energy-efficient upgrades. A certified specialist will seal the ductwork, as well as provide free, on-site installation of ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs in high-use areas such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. Customers also receive furnace air filter replacements and up to two energy-efficient showerheads.

To qualify, those living in manufactured homes must be PSE electric customers and use electric forced-air as the primary heat source.  Eligible homeowners cannot have previously received PSE’S manufactured home energy-efficiency upgrade service.

UCONS representatives will be going door-to-door with flyers to discuss the service with PSE customers. PSE customers can also request the service by calling UCONS at 1-800-828-8440.