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Residential Conservation Programs

Residential Conservation Opportunities (10/01/2014 – 04/01/2015)

Lower Valley – Higher Comfort Programs 

In an effort to help you use energy wisely, Lower Valley Energy is currently offering a variety of innovative conservation programs. Through these programs, our goal is to help you save money and improve the efficiency and comfort of your home.

Energy Audits

Would you like to know if there are improvements that you can make for a more energy-efficient home? An Energy Audit consists of measuring the energy efficiency in your home and recommending cost-saving enhancements for more effective use of energy. The cost of an energy audit is $100 (for homes up to 3,000 sq. ft., and $200 for larger homes), however, this amount will be refunded if you choose to implement any of the recommended changes OR if Lower Valley Energy finds that no improvements are needed. Call to schedule your audit now with one of our energy specialists and let us help you save money and increase your comfort.

Energy Efficiency Incentives

In addition to a thorough Energy Audit conducted by Lower Valley Energy, we are offering generous financial incentives on home weatherization improvements if you’re heating with electricity (prime window and patio door replacement, whole house air sealing, insulation upgrades, and insulated exterior doors).

Programmable line voltage thermostats and low-flow showerheads can also reduce energy costs and qualify for incentives. Energy Audits help you identify any energy-efficient improvements needed and our Efficiency Incentives will help you pay for them! We must inspect before work begins in order to qualify.

Residential Lighting offer

The program’s immediate goal is to provide an incentive to upgrading old, less-efficient lighting and provide rebates for wattage reduction. Upgrade your home to ENERGY STAR® qualified compact florescent lighting (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). Simply bring in your proof-of-purchase receipt and ENERGY STAR documentation to your local office for rebates (Standard CFL $2.00, Specialty CFL $3.00, LEDs $3.00).


This measure is available for all types of residential buildings (multifamily, single-family and manufactured homes). Showerheads must have a gallon per minute (GPM) flow rate of 2.0 or less. All showerhead measures are limited to two showerheads per residence.

Advance Power Strips

The Residential Advanced Power Strip measure is an infrared remote sensing strip that reduces power consumption of home entertainment centers by shutting off power to the main device (television) and controlled peripherals when no infrared remote signal is detected for a predetermined period of time. Implementation Manual (10/1/14) – Section 10: Residential Sector

A qualified Advanced Power Strip must meet the following qualifications:

  • Infrared remote sensing
  • Consume less than 1W of energy
  • One-year warranty and any length warranty for connected devices
  • Surge protection to 740 joules
  • UL1449 listed
  • Rated for 15 amps
  • Resettable circuit breaker

Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program

  • EnergyStar Clothes Washer (DHW must be electric)

MEF 2.46 or higher $50.00

MEF 2.20-2.45 $35.00

MEF 2.00-2.19 $25.00

  • EnergyStar Clothes Washer (DHW any other fuel) $15.00
  • Recycled Refrigerator (must be in working condition) $75.00

Refrigerator and Freezer Decommissioning

The existing appliance for decommissioning and recycling must be a residential-style appliance, verified as functional and have a minimum capacity of 10 cubic feet. The unit must be decommissioned and its components recycled.

Water Heaters

Heat Pump Water Heaters

  • Tier 1, 50 -75 gallon $210.00
  • Tier 1, greater than 75 gallon $350.00
  • Tier 2, 50 gallon or grater $350.00

Call for information and qualification criteria.

Electric Storage Water Heaters

  • Water Heaters 25-54.99 gallon (0.94 MEF) $15.00
  • Water Heaters 55-74.99 gallon (0.93 MEF) $15.00
  • Water Heaters 75-99.99 gallon (0.92 MEF) $15.00
  • Water Heaters 100-119.99 gallon (0.85 MEF) $15.00

Must present receipt for rebate.

Heat Pumps

Ground-Source or Geothermal Heat Pumps

Install a geothermal heat pump and receive up to a $2,000 rebate from Lower Valley Energy! Geothermal heat pumps are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. They use a pump system to extract water from the earth and use the ground temperature heat from the water to heat and cool your home. A geothermal heat pump is an excellent choice for you if you are already digging a well or a pond!

Air-Source Heat Pumps

Lower Valley will pay rebates of $350.00 – $1,000.00 depending on existing equipment and if duct sealing is needed.

Line-Voltage Thermostats

Customers must replace bi-metal line voltage thermostats in existing electrically heated single-family homes with line-voltage electronic thermostats. All existing thermostats, except those in bathrooms, must be replaced with thermostats in according to the current National Electric Code and must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a digital display
  • Be electronically anticipated
  • Have a thermistor temperature sensing element accurate to within 1.5º or better
  • Be UL or CSA listed for use with their application (i.e. fan-forced, baseboard, wall or ceiling radiant).
  • Programmable thermostats must maintain temperature and program settings during power failures and have a temporary override feature.

Manufactured Homes

Energy Star Program

Manufactured homes must be electrically-heated, new and designed, constructed and certified by the Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured (NEEM) Homes program as ENERGY STAR, including Eco-Rated Homes. $1,000.00 rebate

Call for more information and qualification criteria.

New HIGH PERFORMANCE Manufactured Homes

Manufactured homes must be electrically-heated; new; and designed, constructed and certified by NEEM as HIGH PERFORMANCE Manufactured Homes. $3,150.00 rebate

Call for more information and qualification criteria.

Weatherization (Standard Income)

Weatherization measures include insulation, prime window replacement, insulated exterior doors and air sealing. All weatherization measures must be installed according to the 2014 BPA Residential Weatherization Specifications.

Weatherization measures must be installed in electrically heated homes with an electric heating system as the primary system (see definitions); or homes must have one of the following as an existing heating system:

  • A permanently-installed electric heating system with either (a) no other functioning non-electric heating system or (b) a wood stove, pellet stove, fireplace, fireplace insert (wood or pellet) or wood furnace
  • A electric heat pump system integrated with a non-electric heating system (e.g., natural gas, propane, or wood supplementary/backup system)
  • A wood stove or pellet stove with no other non-electric space heating system, accompanied by the current usage of plug-in electric space heaters
  • A electric heat system and a separate functional or non-functional, non-electric space heating system (i.e. oil, natural gas, or wood furnace) with the entire non- electric space heating system decommissioned, removed, all penetrations sealed, and all fuel (electric, gas, oil) connections to the decommissioned heating system disconnected. System equipment includes furnace, air-handler, fuel lines, fuel tanks (abated in compliance with local code). If, however, construction limitations prevent the removal of the entire non-electric system (or other portions of the space heating equipment), then the remainder of the system must be decommissioned, removed, all penetrations sealed, and all fuel (electric, gas, oil) connections to the decommissioned heating system disconnected


  • Attic Insulation
  • Wall Insulation
  • Floor/Crawl Space Insulation

Call for more information and qualification criteria.

Prime Window and Patio Door Replacement

  • Pre-existing windows and patio doors must be:
  • Single pane with/without storms, any frame type (e.g., metal, wood, vinyl), or (2) double pane, metal frame only.
  • The weighted average of replacement windows must have a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) minimum U-value of 0.30 or 0.22 for windows; 0.35 or 0.30 for patio doors.
  • Multifamily does not qualify for 0.22 windows or 0.30 patio doors at this time.

Insulated Exterior Doors (BPA Qualified)

  • The door must replace an un-insulated or otherwise substandard (e.g., from a thermal perspective) exterior door.
  • Must e a pre-hung ENERGY STAR qualified door and include replacement of the threshold. This measure is available for existing single-family or manufactured homes.
  • Multifamily does not qualify at this time.

Prescriptive Air Sealing

  • Prescriptive air sealing must be done according to the checklists found in sections 4.2 and 6.2 of the 2014 BPA Residential Weatherization Specifications.
  • If combustion appliances are present (e.g., fireplace, wood or gas stove, gas range, gas water heater), a UL- or CUL-approved carbon monoxide detector must be present or be installed.
  • This measure is available for existing single-family homes only.
  • Multifamily and manufactured homes do not qualify at this time.

Please call Tony Allen for more information at 307-885-3175 or 307-733-2446.