Residents of Spokane can now access funding to make their homes more energy efficient or add solar. Thanks to funding from the Washington State Jobs Bill, SustainableWorks, a non-profit energy efficiency program, will be able to offer $95 home energy audits, up to $2,500 in home energy efficiency incentives and up to $3,000 in solar incentives to Spokane residents who schedule home energy assessments between now and May 3rd.
The purpose of the SustainableWorks program is to help homeowners make home improvements that reduce their energy use and lower their carbon footprint. Program participants can save on upgrades to furnaces, heat pumps, air sealing, insulation, hot water heaters, and solar.
The SustainableWorks program is managed by Washington State University Energy Extension. To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, please visit www.sustainableworks.com or call 509-443-3471
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 the organization to add solar to their home and then they will complete the energy saving measures chosen by the homeowner. SustainableWorks offers bulk bundling prices, utility incentives and ways to lower the project cost. Low-interest financing is also available to help homeowners afford their projects. All loans are subject to approval and based on credit score.
Little bit about SustainableWorks: They're a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. SustainableWorks has utilized a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant to retrofit over 700 homes in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the last 2 years.