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Sustainable Works now has more incentives to help increase home efficiency and add solar

Good news from Sustainable Works: Thanks to funding from the Washington State Jobs Bill, they're now able to offer Spokane County residents up to $2500 for home energy efficiency upgrades and up to $3000 for solar installations. The more energy your improvements save, the more money Sustainable Works can take off your project, up to the maximum. Solar incentives are dependent on your home first being made energy efficient. Sustainable Works incentives are in addition to other incentives available through local utilities and State solar programs.

The purpose of Sustainable Works is to help homeowners make home improvements that reduce their energy use and energy bills. To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, please visit or call 509-443-3471. These incentives are only available while funding lasts.

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. An energy consultant then explains to the homeowner where they are losing energy and suggests the most cost effective energy saving improvements. Homeowners can also work with Sustainable Works to add solar to their home. Sustainable Works then completes the energy saving measures chosen by the homeowner. Low-interest financing is also available to help homeowners afford their projects. All loans are subject to approval and based on credit score, and, again, only available while funding lasts.

Little background information on Sustainable Works: Sustainable Works is a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. Sustainable Works has utilized a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant and Washington Jobs Bill Funding to retrofit over 500 homes in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the last 2 years.

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