Energy Adviser: Contractor list a good starting spot
By Clark Public Utilities Published: April 30, 2022, 6:02am
When it comes to planning a home remodel or renovation, finding a contractor to do the work is often the hardest part. That’s why Clark Public Utilities maintains a listing of qualified, experienced and credentialed contractors who are ready to help you with your electrically heated home energy project needs. The Contractor Network is a list of contractors that specialize in several energy efficiency-related fields. To be eligible for the network, contractors must meet the utility’s high standard of customer service, stay up-to-date on the utility’s current incentives and rebates, while also maintaining all essential bonds, licenses, insurance and professional credentials their fields require. Plus, the utility requires all participating in the Contractor Network to follow current public health guidelines recommended by the Washington Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Contractors must meet specific requirements to join our contractor network,” said Energy Services Supervisor DuWayne Dunham. “We know customers often rely on a contractor for project advice and recommendations, so we expect them to stay up to date with our energy efficiency programs, rebates and the latest products offered on the market.” Clark Public Utilities wants to help customers reduce energy waste, lower their bills and live comfortably. That’s why the utility offers generous financial incentives for electrically heated homes and low-interest loans across a wide range of energy efficiency-related products and services. But each incentive program has specific qualifications that must be met in order to receive a rebate. That’s why the work must be done by a contractor participating in the Contractor Network.
“We want these projects to be as stress-free as possible,” Dunham said. “That’s why we require contractors to give our customers free, no-pressure, no-deception bids, to finish the work on a reasonable timeline and handle all the paperwork required for our rebate programs.” When the time comes, all the homeowner has to do is sign and initial some paperwork and enjoy their newfound comfort. To be clear, the Contractor Network isn’t an endorsement, recommendation or warranty. It’s simply a list of contractors who have met the standards to represent the utility’s programs and guide customers through the rebate process. Customers should solicit more than one bid, ideally three, and do their own research into a contractor’s background before hiring. There are many financial incentives available, but the best for your home will depend on its unique construction and condition. Whether you’re thinking about new windows, a new heating and cooling system, solar panels or a number of other power-saving projects, there’s likely a utility program to fit your needs. Visit ClarkPublicUtilities.com to learn what’s available.
If you know you want to lower your energy bill and increase personal comfort, but aren’t sure where to begin, call an energy counselor to triage your to-do list before calling a contractor. A utility energy counselor can walk you through your home’s characteristics and offer suggestions for the best place to start. You’ll hang up feeling more confident and informed before making your next move. The Energy Counselor of the Day is available during business hours Monday through Friday at 360-992-3355 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Energy Adviser is written by Clark Public Utilities. Send questions to email@example.com or to Energy Adviser, c/o Clark Public Utilities, P.O. Box 8900, Vancouver, WA 98688.
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