Energy-saving rebates for new manufactured homes

  • Sat Feb 8th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Nailing It Down

By Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty

The avid readers of this column know that we are currently on an energy-saving kick having spent the last few weeks talking about various energy-saving (and money-saving) programs sponsored by the Grays Harbor PUD. We are continuing along in that same vein today, but concentrating on manufactured homes.

The PUD is offering rebates to customers who purchase certified Northwest Energy-Efficient Manufactured (NEEM) homes that are installed within its service area.

NEEM homes are Energy Star-certified homes that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes meet or exceed the same strict energy saving standards to which site-built homes are constructed. They typically cost a little more to buy, but because of their energy-saving abilities, the PUD offers rebates.

What is a NEEM home?

Here are a few features:

• They have increased insulation levels in the ceiling, floor and walls.

• They have energy-efficient, low-e, double-pane windows.

• They have tighter overall construction to reduce drafts and make the home quieter.

• They have heating ducts that have been sealed and tested.

• They are equipped with Energy Star-rated appliances.

If the home is considered a NEEM 1.1 Energy Star home, the rebate offered is $1,200. For a NEEM 2.0 Energy Star home, the rebate is $1,400.

To be eligible for this rebate program, manufactured homes must be new and be designed, constructed and certified by the NEEM housing program. Also, the home must be electrically heated and a customer of the Grays Harbor PUD.

In addition, a NEEM Certificate of Compliance is required upon application for the rebate, and that application must be received by the PUD within 90 days of occupancy. Of course, installations may be verified by the PUD to ensure compliance with program guidelines.

The simple application form is available in the Energy Services Department of the Grays Harbor PUD or online at www.ghpud.org.

If you have just purchased or are planning to purchase a new manufactured home, contact the folks at the Energy Services Department to find out more. They can be reached at 360-538-6383 or by emailing EnergyServices@ghpud.org.

New guidelines for heat pump program

A few weeks ago we wrote a column about the amazing, free ductless heat pump program sponsored by the Grays Harbor PUD. (We at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor administer this program.)

To be eligible to receive a free ductless heat pump, there are several requirements — including that the home is currently heated primarily by electricity and is buying that electricity from the Grays Harbor PUD. (This includes mobile homes built after June 15, 1976.)

In addition, the owner or renter must be considered a low-income household as defined in the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program — which is up to 200% of the poverty income level. At the time of our first column on the ductless heat program, we didn’t have the 2020 figures for that. Now we do.

Because the numbers went up this past year, more people may have become eligible for the program:

For a household of one, the income can be no more than $25,520 annually.

For two, the cap is $34,480.

For three, it’s $43.440.

For four, it’s $52,400.

For five, it’s $61,360.

For six, it’s $70,320.

For seven, it’s $79,280.

For eight, it’s $88,240.

Give us a call

If you think you may be eligible to receive a heat pump or have questions about the program, give us a call at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor at 360-533-7828 and ask for Pat or leave a message. We are in the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can also email us at pbeaty@aberdeen-nhs.com, or message us at our website: www.nwghc.org.

Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction specialists at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County, where Murnen is executive director. This is a nonprofit organization committed to creating safe and affordable housing for all residents of Grays Harbor County. For questions about home repair, renting, remodeling or buying, call 360-533-7828 or visit 710 E. Market St. in Aberdeen. Our office is fully ADA-compliant.