A new way to save money and manage your energy

Orcas Power and Light Cooperative members can now get a Home Snapshot Energy Assessment on their home’s systems and efficiency and then fund home improvement projects through Islanders Bank.

According to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, cost-effective energy efficiency could meet 85 percent of the new load in the region over the next 20 years.

“The more we can work together toward greater energy efficiency, the more we can forestall higher market rates for electricity in the near future," said Randy Cornelius, OPALCO’s general manager. "Each member who takes action and improves the energy efficiency of their home is contributing toward a more sustainable energy future for themselves – and for all co-op members.”

For $25, a Building Performance Analyst will inspect insulation, windows and doors, heating system, ventilation and air quality, appliances and lighting. The contractor will recommend improvements that could save money on your electric bill and help manage your energy load.

They will also install compact fluorescent light bulbs and low-flow showerheads for free. More extensive and technical assessments like blower door tests and infrared photography to track air leakage are also available.

The next step is to apply for a loan through Islanders Bank’s new Get Connected Small Home Improvement Loan Program , which offers low-interest loans to qualifying households in San Juan County for improvements.

“This partnership is a great example of how our community works,” said Brad Williamson, Islanders Bank president. “Islanders Helping Islanders to improve our quality of life and keep our communities strong and healthy.”

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