Energize Klickitat offers free workshops and community discount for energy efficient heating

Klickitat County residents have a new opportunity to learn about and purchase discounted ductless heat pumps as part of a community-based energy efficiency campaign called Energize Klickitat. Ductless heat pumps use 25-50% less energy than traditional electric heating systems, heat spaces more evenly, and also provide air conditioning in the summer.

The Energize Klickitat project will help area homeowners and businesses cut energy waste and lower their bills, while supporting businesses to build the local economy. The project is a partnership between Northwest SEED, a regional non-profit, and the Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the USDA.

“With the crazy winter we’ve just had, a lot of people are looking at how they can reduce heating bills,” said Jill Eikenhorst, the project coordinator with Northwest SEED, “this campaign provides an affordable option with education and a community discount.”

Participants will get a simplified process and lower prices by bundling their installations with other customers. A team of local volunteers will choose an installation contractor through a competitive bidding process. The selected contractor will offer discounted, transparent pricing to program participants who attend an educational workshop. In addition to the Energize Klickitat discount, participants may also be eligible for Klickitat PUD rebates of $800-$1,000, or an even more generous income-qualified program.

Ductless heat pumps are highly efficient zonal heating and cooling systems that have at least one head unit indoors, usually placed high on the wall, a compressor located outside, and a refrigerant line connecting them. These systems are often easily installed within a day because there is no ductwork needed.

Businesses and homeowners interested in installing a ductless heat pump can attend one of three workshops March through May. Workshop attendees will learn about the technology, costs and incentives, maintenance and more. Workshops are set for the following dates and locations:

  • March 28, 6:30-7:30pm, Maryhill Museum of Art
  • April 29, 2-3pm, Goldendale Home Garden & Sportsman Show, Klickitat County Fairgrounds
  • May 24, 6-7pm, Mt. Adam’s Elk’s Lodge

Register online at bit.ly/EnergizeKlickitat or call (509) 596-1181. Workshops are free and open to the public, and residents and businesses in Klickitat County are eligible for the group discount.

Northwest SEED educates, equips, and empowers communities to develop their own energy solutions that provide real community benefits. As a non-profit organization, Northwest SEED works directly with communities to identify practical solutions that support a sustainable local economy founded on locally owned energy.

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