Ductless Systems Provide Lower Electric Heating Bills and Cozier Homes

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Northwest utilities are collaborating as part of the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project to enable homeowners to upgrade to ductless heating and cooling systems for nearly half the cost.

Our customers are impressed with the increased comfort in their homes and change in their electric bills after installing a ductless system," said Kevin Watier, Sr. Program Manager of Residential and Small Commercial Programs at Snohomish PUD.

With temperatures going down, and heating bills going up, fall is the perfect time to consider new options for home heating that will provide increased comfort and reduced electric heating bills. Ductless heating and cooling systems use 25 to 50 percent less energy while keeping your home at just the right temperature – and right now, homeowners in Snohomish County PUD and Seattle City Light territories may qualify for up to $2,100 in manufacturer discounts, utility rebates and tax credits. With the typical single-zone ductless system ranging in cost between $4,000 and $5,000, this represents a potential cost savings of 40 to 50 percent.

Mitsubishi is partnering with Seattle City Light and Snohomish County PUD to bring this special promotion to homeowners until December 31, 2013. Other utilities throughout the Puget Sound offer ongoing rebates for qualified units. Check your local utility for more information.

"Our customers are impressed with the increased comfort in their homes and change in their electric bills after installing a ductless system," said Kevin Watier, Sr. Program Manager of Residential and Small Commercial Programs at Snohomish PUD. "Partnering with Mitsubishi, which is offering an additional $300 instant discount that can be combined with our $1,200 rebate, is a win for our customers.”

Ductless heating and cooling systems are highly efficient, easily installed and can serve a home’s primary heating and cooling needs. They are ideal for supplementing inefficient heating systems like baseboards, wall heaters and electric furnaces. Ductless systems are convenient, quiet and heat rooms evenly at a fraction of the cost.

“It’s beyond amazing,” said David Strube of Tulalip, WA, who used Snohomish PUD incentives for the purchase and installation of his ductless system. “It provides consistent warmth and even sends heat into the back rooms if you leave the doors open.”

Ross Daniel of Seattle is also enjoying the benefits of his ductless system, which he purchased with help of rebates from Seattle City Light. “Our old baseboard heaters did not heat our house very evenly,” said Ross. “I had a ductless system installed in my home and now we are much more comfortable. We are seeing savings on our utility bills and I love it."

Ductless systems have recently surged in popularity, thanks in part to Northwest utilities that are collaborating as part of the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project to bring this product to the Northwest market. These efforts have led to the installation of more than 60,000 units in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington for a savings of 210,000,000 kWh – enough electricity to power nearly 20,000 average homes for an entire year.

For more information on ductless heating and cooling systems, visit GoingDuctless.com.

About the Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project

The Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project is an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), an alliance of more than 100 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA leverages its strong regional partnerships to effect market transformation by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners – including Avista Utilities, Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Clark Public Utilities, Cowlitz PUD, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Energy Trust of Oregon, Idaho Power, NorthWestern Energy, Pacific Power, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utilities, and Tacoma Power – have saved enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. http://www.neea.org

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