News Release – 6/15/11

For Information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com

ENERGY STAR® RECOGNIZES CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES FOR SUPPORT OF ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME BUILDING

VANCOUVER, WA – June 15, 2011 – Clark Public Utilities has won the ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award for its sponsorship of energy efficient home building in Clark County.

Working with local homebuilders, Clark Public Utilities encourages installation of energy efficient lighting, appliances and heating systems during new home construction through incentive programs and expertise to meet the ENERGY STAR home standards. In 2010, 39 percent of homes built in Clark County were certified ENERGY STAR, making this program the most successful in the Pacific Northwest.

"We are always looking for ways to help homebuilders and homeowners conserve energy and have supported the ENERGY STAR home certification program from the start," said Wayne Nelson, Clark Public Utilities general manager and CEO. "ENERGY STAR homes are at least 15 percent more efficient than traditional construction and every bit of energy savings helps our customers. It adds up." 

In addition to saving energy, ENERGY STAR certified homes are also designed to be healthier and more comfortable living spaces. More efficient heating and duct systems help keep warm air inside the home and eliminate temperature fluctuations, while improved floor plans allow for better circulation and quality of air inside the home.

Launched in 2005, the ENERGY STAR program for residential builders in Clark County has provided incentives from $1,000 to $1,500 for electrically heated homes to incorporate new technologies and optimize efficiencies floor to ceiling. Participation in the program has nearly doubled from year to year as both builders and customers learn about the cost savings and environmental benefits of ENERGY STAR certified homes.

For information on the ENERGY STAR program or other energy efficiency incentives and rebates, customers can call a Clark Public Utilities energy counselor at 360-992-3355.