More than 4,400 homes and 1,000 businesses have saved energy by partnering with the Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) this year on a broad range of energy efficiency projects under the state’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP).
Customers collectively have saved more than 6.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to serve about 530 homes – or about $485,000 in total annual savings. The program was designed to bring energy efficiency to multi-family homes and small businesses with rented or leased space, which are typically harder-to-reach markets for the PUD.
“We worked closely with our contractors and local communities to extend conservation opportunities to customers who might not otherwise participate in our programs,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Suzy Oversvee. “As a result they’re now able to better manage their energy use and save on bills.”
The utility worked with two local energy efficiency firms, Willdan Energy Solutions and Ecova, to meet aggressive participation goals and energy-savings targets within a short six-month timeframe. The program was made possible in part with a $2.6 million award from the state’s CEEP initiative, which is administered by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program.
For businesses, the program included initial energy assessments, followed by a range of measures, including installation of LED and compact fluorescent lighting, faucet aerators and smart strips.
“We’ve been slowly changing lighting to LEDs, but this program really helped us speed it up,” said Donna Perrigo, owner of Studio Donna in Everett. “We were surprised that even some of our ceiling lights were easily convertible.”
In reaching out to residents in apartments and condominiums, program staff engaged directly with them at community events to provide conservation resources, such as efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. The program also helped many customers by working with property owners to install efficient windows and add insulation in attics and floors.
The PUD will leverage the success of CEEP to help it design additional energy efficiency programs for multi-family homes and small businesses. It also will help the utility continue to build on its successful partnerships with local governments and community organizations to conserve energy and reduce customers’ bills.