Neighbors can join to save energy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint
North Seattle residents have the opportunity to participate in SustainableWorks, a Puget Sound based non-profit, that is offering reduced costs energy audits and retrofits. SustainableWorks is partnering with Seattle City Light, WSU Energy Management, and Puget Sound Energy to bring this energy saving opportunity to the community. The purpose of this program is to help homeowners and renters (with landlord approval) make home improvements that reduce their energy use and energy bills. Participants can save on items like furnaces, air sealing, insulation, and hot water heaters, and reduce their energy costs by 20-40%. To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, please visit www.sustainableworks.com, or call the SustainableWorks office at 206-575-2252.
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. Contractors managed by SustainableWorks then complete the energy saving measures chosen by the homeowner. SustainableWorks bundles projects within neighbors to maximize efficiency and reduce the project cost. SustainableWorks also has a loan program with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union that can help homeowners finance improvements at low to zero percent interest rates.
SustainableWorks is a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential and small commercial energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. SustainableWorks has utilized a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant to retrofit close to 400 homes in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the last 2 years.