Summer is finally approaching, which in the Pacific Northwest means longer daylight hours and mild weather, and at long last – sunshine. This also tends to mean much lower electricity and gas bills, so taking steps to make your home more energy-efficient may be the last thing on your mind.
But if your house becomes just a bit too balmy during the summer months, consider applying for rebates through Puget Sound Energy (PSE) for upgrading the insulation in your floors, walls, and ceilings. We often think of insulation like a winter coat – useful for keeping you warm in the colder months, but unnecessary in the summer. Actually, the thermal barrier provided by adequate insulation prevents the intrusion of summer heat just as it prevents the loss of heat during winter, working to moderate your home’s comfort level year-round.
Existing PSE customers can get 50% of the cost of upgrading their insulation reimbursed. The rebates are available to those with homes built before 1990, and the work must be performed by a PSE-approved contractor. Check out the PSE website for details on all of the company’s available rebates.