Utility upgrades available for mobile home owners

Published on Wed, Apr 17, 2013
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Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is offering electric customers who live in manufactured homes and use electric forced-air as their primary heat source the chance to seal up leaky ductwork and receive other energy efficiency upgrades for free. 

The service, offered to PSE customers in Whatcom County, is valued at up to $500 per customer and could reduce residents’ energy bills up to 30 percent.

A large number of older manufactured homes likely have heating and cooling systems that have to work overtime due to leaks. This increased load means higher energy bills. The program will help customers increase their comfort and lower their energy bills. The utility estimates there are nearly 6,500 PSE customers living in manufactured homes in Whatcom County who are eligible for the free service.

PSE has teamed up with energy services specialist company UCONS to install the upgrades. A certified specialist will seal the ductwork and install ENERGY STAR®-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs in high-use areas such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. Customers also receive air filter replacements and a water-saving showerhead.

Since manufactured homes tend be located close together, UCONS reaps efficiency by taking a neighborhood approach. UCONS representatives will be going door-to-door with flyers to discuss the service with customers. 

PSE customers can also request the service by calling UCONS at 800/828-8440.