Important! Home Energy Savings program changes – January 1, 2018 Pacific Power has implemented changes to the Home Energy Savings program in Washington. The changes became effective January 1, 2018. Program changes affect incentives for lighting, HVAC, weatherization and new homes, and introduce offerings for manufactured homes and multifamily properties. View a summary of the planned changes. If you have questions or need more information, please call 800-942-0266 or email us.

Multifamily Duct Sealing and Duct Insulation

Duct Sealing and Duct Insulation

Get up to $600 cash back

The incentive for multifamily duct sealing and duct insulation is no longer offered for service completed on or after January 1, 2018. Applications for service completed on or before December 31, 2017, will be accepted if submitted within 90 days of the service completion date. For more information or questions, please email hes@pacificpower.net.

Qualifications & Incentives

For work completed on or before December 31, 2017

Services

Electrically Heated Customer Incentive

Electrically Cooled Customer Incentive

Duct sealing and duct insulation $600 $100

Ensure the home qualifies:

  • Must be an existing property, not new construction
  • Work completed must comply with all building codes and standards

Requirements for duct sealing and duct insulation:

  • Work must be completed by a Program-Eligible or Qualified HVAC Contractor listed on the Program-Eligible HVAC Contractors List. Please review our tips for hiring a contractor
  • Work must be completed in accordance with the specifications outlined in the Washington Technical Specifications Manual
  • Ductwork must be insulated to a minimum of R-8
  • Pre-existing insulation must be non-existent or less than R-2
  • Must have a minimum of 10 linear feet of exposed ductwork. All exposed ductwork must be sealed and insulation (ductwork only, not venting)
  • Ducts mst be located in an unconditioned space such as any space outside of the thermal envelope of the building that is not intentionally heated for occupancy
  • Duct sealing must reduce duct leakage to the outside by 50 percent or more with a 100 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) minimum reduction
  • Duct insulation must be installed after ducts are sealed
  • An electric heating or electric cooling system must serve at least 80 percent of the home's conditioned living space
  • All physically accessible ducts located in conditioned living spaces must be insulated

​Additional program requirements:

  • Duct sealing and duct insulation services can be performed by multiple trade allies and must be performed at the same time to qualify
  • Incentive available on existing duct work only and must be located in an existing property
  • Newly installed ductwork does not qualify for an incentive
  • Qualified contractor must complete a program duct sealing and insulation worksheet
  • Incentives are limited to one duct sealing incentive per duct system for the lifetime of the property
  • Incentive amount may not exceed the total costof the project
  • All required documentation must be postmarked within 90 days of the work completed date

Required documentation:

*Applicable only to businesses and non-individual customers, including landlords, applying for incentives

Incentives are associated with the November 7, 2016 tariff filing approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. All incentives are subject to change with 45 days notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Definitions:

Electric heating is defined as a permanently installed, ducted system consisting of an electric furnace or heat pump serving as the home's current primary heat source

Electric cooling is defined as a permanently installed, ducted electric central air conditioner or heat pump serving as the home's current primary cooling source. Room air conditioners and evaporative coolers do not qualify

Non-Electric heating or cooling is defined as a heating or cooling system with gas, oil, wood heating, pellet stoves, or propane serving as the home's current primary heatin or cooling source

Conditioned vs. unconditioned space - clarification notes:

For the most part, basements are conditioned spaces. Basements are not usually thermally isolated from the main living area and contain space conditioning ducts. Basements are also used for storage and frequently contain laundry facilities and other living spaces. Ducts serving unfinished basements are not always equipped with dedicated supply registers, although single registers at plenums are not unusual.

An unconditioned basement would have these properties: Thermally isolated from the main floor by insulation in the floor. Insulated, weather-stripped door (if above floor plane) and insulated stairwell walls where thermal plane penetrates floor, air sealed (caulked, foamed penetrations) wiring plumbing, sealed duct penetrations and sealed, insulated ducts. No supply registers.

While a crawl space is unconditioned space, the floor must be insulated prior to or at the same time ducts are sealed and insulated to thermally isolate the crawlspace. Failure to do this will increase the heating load of the home and potentially cause comfort issues.

Customer Eligibility

Multifamily properties featuring five or more attached units are eligible to receive program incentives.

Multifamily property owners must have a landlord account on a qualifying residential rate schedule. You can find your rate schedule on your utility bill or by calling 1-888-221-7070.

Qualifying Pacific Power residential rate schedules:

  • Washington: 16, 17 or 18

How to Apply

Prequalification:

Review the information in the Eligibility section of this page and call 1-800-942-0281 or email us to ensure your multifamily property is eligible.

  • Pre-inspection of multifamily property
    • Once it has been established that the complex is on a qualified residential rate schedule, a pre-qualification inspection will take place.
    • Please provide the following required information to initiate a pre-qualification inspection:
      • Specific street address or account number
      • Complex Name
      • Contact at the complex and phone number where they can be reached
      • Measures that are being requested to be inspected​
    • Once this information is received, an inspector will assess the complex to verify whether it qualifies and if it would benefit from our incentive offerings.
    • Your contractor will be notified of the status of the inspection. If the complex qualifies for any of the Home Energy Savings program incentives, the contractor will schedule a time with the property manager to complete the work.

Contractor completes energy upgrades:

  • The contractor will perform the necessary work for the project to qualify for an incentive. Consult with your contactor to get a clear understanding of the work being performed and how long it will take. Also remember to notify your tenants about the work being done.

Application is submitted:

  • Once the work is completed, the contractor submits one incentive application for the entire multifamily property to the Home Energy Savings program.
  • All units listed on the application must be verified on the landlord account (units may need to be added if they are not under the landlord account at time of review).
  • One itemized invoice detailing the work performed for the property must be submitted.
  • A completed W-9 form for the person or entity receiving the incentive check must be submitted along with the application for tax purposes. For changes to account name, contact Business Solutions at 1-866-870-3419.
  • In some cases a Third Party Payment Addendum will be required if a landlord account is not set up or if the payment is going to anyone other than the account holder
  • Applications cannot be processed if any required documentation is missing.
  • The property is then queued for a post-work inspection.

Post-work inspection:

  • After receipt of a completed incentive application the program will schedule a post-work inspection to verify all program requirements have been met.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of the units that received an energy efficiency upgrade must be inspected
  • Tenants should be notified of this post-work inspection beforehand.

Application is processed and check is mailed:

  • Checks will be issued for approved applications within six weeks of final processing.

Incentive Application Materials:

Questions? Call 1-800-942-0281 (option 2) or email us.