Wednesday, September 29, 2010

City’s energy-efficiency program expanded with new incentives through Oct. 20--or until funding runs out

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Kellie Stickney, Marketing and Outreach Mgr.
Sustainable Works
206.575.2252

Bryant Enge, Financial Services Administrator
City of Federal Way
253.835.2510

City’s energy-efficiency program expanded with new incentives through Oct. 20--or until funding runs out

Homeowners throughout Federal Way are eligible to apply for additional incentives to make energysaving improvements to their homes through Oct. 20 or until funding runs out.

The City of Federal Way and Tukwila-based SustainableWorks are again teaming up to offer free and reduced-cost energy audits, weatherization and energy-saving retrofitting to all single-family residents within city limits. Candidates must be owner-occupied homes or rental property with landlord agreement located within Federal Way.

The process begins with a pre-audit to determine eligibility followed by a professional energy audit.

Worth approximately $600, the cost of the audit to the homeowner is $95. Residents making below 80 percent of King County median income qualify for a free audit. After the audit, an energy consultant maps out the best retrofits, the cost and the resulting energy savings.

There are also new incentives to help residents working with SustainableWorks complete the identified retrofit work. These discounts cover up to 10 percent of the total project cost (up to $500) for all residents; and up to 20 percent of the total project cost (up to $1,000) for residents with incomes below 80 percent of King County median income. SustainableWorks can further assist participants by helping them locate financing through low-interest loans.

The new round of incentives is available to residents who already signed up through the City’s earlier energy-improvement partnership with SustainableWorks, as well as to residents who are new to the program. The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 20 as long as funding is available. To apply, visit www.sustainableworks.com or contact SustainableWorks’ Kellie Stickney at 206.575.2252.

How the program is funded

The City is allocating $52,667 to this program from its original $777,000 federal ARRA stimulus grant. SustainableWorks will contribute $170,000. Coupled with favorable financing, this investment is expected to generate approximately $640,000 in energy retrofit projects throughout the city.

About SustainableWorks

SustainableWorks is a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential and small commercial energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. SustainableWorks utilizes a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant to retrofit up to 2,000 homes and small businesses in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the next two years. This activity should produce approximately 120 full-time jobs and $12 million in retrofit work, as well as reduce carbon emissions by 3,000 tons.

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