Multi-city energy efficiency program, Energy Smart Eastside, launches

From July 26- September 27, five 1-hour online workshops will take place

Eastside residents of Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland and Mercer Island will have the opportunity to learn about and purchase discounted heat pump systems through Energy Smart Eastside, a multi-city energy efficiency program.

According to Energy Smart Eastside, the program reduces the regular price of heat pumps, simplifies the installation process for customers, and provides guidance on utility incentives as well as low interest financing.

“The Energy Smart Eastside heat pump campaign is a win-win opportunity that will save energy while simultaneously helping participants prepare for more hot summer days,” said Redmond Mayor Angela Birney. “This is an important initiative as we work to make progress towards our ambitious climate goals.”

Energy Smart Eastside will work directly with heat pump manufacturers, local distributors and expert installers. Heat pumps are efficient heating and cooling systems that utilize less energy than traditional electric heating systems, which can result in lower utility costs.

From July 26 through September 27, five 1-hour online workshops will take place, and are open to all Eastside residents and property owners. Workshop participants will learn about heat pump technology, utility incentives and financing opportunities; they will also have the opportunity to ask questions to program experts.

Participants will become eligible to receive a community discount that would reduce the installation cost by at least $500 after attending a workshop, according to the City of Redmond. Puget Sound Energy customers may also qualify for cash incentives if upgrading from another electric heat source.

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