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An Oldie but a Goodie
Modern energy efficiency with historic charm

Mark Kacmarcik and Thea Appleton admit they have a “thing” for old homes. So, they were naturally drawn to a classic 1920s craftsman charmer in the heart of Wenatchee’s Grandview Historic District.  

When they bought the house three years ago, Thea and Mark set off on an epic adventure to improve their home’s comfort and efficiency while still honoring its classic character. Their efficiency improvements were guided by recommendations from a home energy audit with Chelan PUD Energy Adviser Josh Mitchell. Learn more about their journey and savings.
Pssst—you can get a free virtual energy audit of your home with a Chelan PUD Energy Adviser, too!
Smoke Is No Joke
Top 3 upgrades for better indoor air during fire season

Wildfire season hit hard this year after a heavy drought. To avoid the toxic smoke levels, many of us hunkered down indoors. But indoor air quality can often be as bad—or worse—than outdoor air. 

What can you do to keep your indoor air healthy? We share our top three ways to prepare your home now for the next time smoke comes to Chelan County. Plus, you’ll enjoy the benefits of better air year-round and save on your energy bills!
#1. Ductless Heat Pumps
Anti-smoke for all you efficient folk

Ductless heat pumps are a great way to filter and clean air, and also efficiently heat and cool. You can filter out smoke, and you don’t have to worry about pollen, dirt and dust that can accumulate in ducts. 

Plus, you can get up to $1,000 cash back on your new ductless heat pump. 
#2. Efficient Windows
Blocks smoke from off-the-shelf to bespoke

Leaky windows are more than just uncomfortable. Gaps and leaks let warm air escape in winter and allow wildfire smoke into your home. In fire season, your indoor air quality will suffer—even if you have the best filtration system. 

Chelan PUD doubled window rebates this year. Get up to $12/square foot in cash back!
#3. Home Air Sealing
No need to go broke when limiting smoke

Air sealing your home is a super cost-effective way to keep smoke from entering your home during fire season. It will also lower your heating and cooling costs, increase your comfort, reduce moisture problems and keep your indoors healthier. 

Learn about caulking, weather-stripping and more at energy.gov
Not Zero—It's a Hero!
Xeriscape for beauty, water savings and fire resistance

After 99 consecutive days without rain this summer during a severe drought, you might be eyeing your thirsty lawn. Xeriscaping is landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for extra water. And yes—it can absolutely be lush and beautiful! 
Our region was in a severe drought this summer. Above: Pacific Northwest drought status and hydroelectric dam reservoir storage capacity as of September 1, 2020, from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Many drought-tolerant plants are also fire resistant, helping you protect your home during our dry summers. Cal Fire has a great resource on fire-resistant landscaping, and the Columbia Basin Washington Native Plant Society can help you find native species for your yard.
We're Here for You

Our lobbies remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but our energy experts are available by email or phone at (509) 661-8008. To reach our Customer Relations group, call (509) 661-8002.

Find updates on the PUD's response to the coronavirus.
October 2020