Residents of Manufactured-Homes in Thurston County Can Receive $500 worth of Free Duct Sealing and More from Puget Sound Energy

Upgrades Could Cut Their Utility Bills by up to 30 Percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2012) – Puget Sound Energy is offering residents of manufactured homes in Thurston County the chance to seal up leaky ductwork and receive other energy efficiency upgrades for free. The service, available through 2012, has up to a $500 value per customer and could reduce their energy bills by approximately 30 percent.

“This program offers great immediate and long-term value to our customers in areas such as Rochester, Tenino and throughout Thurston County,” said Casey Cochrane, PSE’s local government and community relations manager.

To qualify, those living in manufactured homes must be PSE electric customers and use electric forced-air as the primary heat source. Eligible homeowners cannot have taken advantage of previous manufactured home energy-efficiency upgrade service. PSE estimates there are more than 12,300 manufactured homes in Thurston County with customers who are eligible for the free service.

“Typically four out of five manufactured homes have leaky heating and cooling systems,” said Farra Vargas, PSE’s local energy efficient communities coordinator for Thurston County. “This program will help our customers who live in manufactured-homes install energy-efficient measures to increase their comfort and manage their energy bills.”

The utility has teamed up with energy services specialist UCONS, LLC to install the free energy-efficient upgrades. A certified specialist will seal the ductwork, as well as provide free on-site installation of ENERGY STAR®-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs in high-use areas such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. Customers also receive air filter replacements and an energy-efficient showerhead.

Since manufactured homes tend be located close together, UCONS is able to efficiently provide this service by taking a neighborhood approach. UCONS representatives will be going door-to-door with flyers to discuss the service with PSE customers. PSE customers can also request the service by calling UCONS at 1-800-828-8440.

Since August 2010, the PSE program has served nearly 7,300 manufactured homes, saving them more than 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to power more than 460 homes for one year.

For more information about PSE energy efficiency programs, visit PSE’s Olympia Customer Service Office at 2711 Pacific Ave. SE. Information is also available at PSE.com/rebates or by calling a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves more than 1.1 million electric customers and 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.

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