Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by Puget Sound Energy this week.
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 free service will be offered to PSE customers in Auburn, Bothell, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Maple Valley, Renton, Vashon Island and surrounding areas. The service has up to a $500 value per customer and could reduce their energy bills by approximately 30 percent.
Typically four out of five manufactured homes have leaky heating and cooling systems. The program helps customers who live in manufactured-homes install energy-efficient measures to increase their comfort and manage their energy bills. PSE estimates there are nearly 8,100 manufactured homes in King County with PSE electric customers who are eligible for the free service.
The utility 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 air filter replacements and an energy-efficient showerhead.
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 taken advantage of previous manufactured home energy-efficiency upgrade service.
Since manufactured homes tend be located close together, UCONS is able to efficiently provide this service by taking a neighborhood approach. 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.