Helicopter is part of Department of Energy radiation study

July 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 5, 2011

Western Washington residents should not be alarmed as a slow, low-flying helicopter scopes the area from July 11-28.

The helicopter is part of a U.S. Department of Energy aerial survey of the Seattle area. The agency is measuring baseline levels of radiation in order to make a comparison in the event of a nuclear emergency, a King County Office of Emergency Management email states.

The agency intends to measure radiation levels in nearby communities, but no area east of the western shore of Lake Sammamish is scheduled to be included. In order to take the measurements, the helicopter is due to fly at about 300 feet above the ground at about 70 mph.

The study is financed by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant and has been in development since 2009, prior to the Fukashima nuclear disaster in Japan, Sammamish Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard said.

*This article contains corrected information.

Cash for Appliances rebate dollars run out

November 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2010

The money for eco-friendly appliances has run out.

Cash for Appliances Washington reached the final stage Monday, as organizers said all rebate funds had been committed and await processing.

The popular state Department of Commerce program helped more than 40,000 Washington consumers transition from outdated appliances to Energy Star models.

Consumers can still apply for rebates, but any applications received now will be placed on a waiting list. In the event any applications under evaluation do not qualify, the waiting list will be processed in the order received. The process should continue for the next seven weeks until the money has been exhausted.

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Last call for Cash for Appliances rebate offer

November 2, 2010

Now is the time to upgrade to a more energy efficient refrigerator or washer — and let the government pick up part of the tab.

The state Department of Commerce has announced a last call for rebates on energy-efficient appliances through the Cash for Appliances effort. The program has helped more than 30,000 people upgrade to Energy Star appliances and more than $4 million in rebates.

The program ends after funds run out — and the money is fast disappearing.

Find complete program details — including eligibility requirements, qualifying appliances and the rebate application form — here. Cash for Appliances is open to all Washington residents.

The program offers cash rebates on Energy Star refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters and ductless heat pumps. In most cases, consumers can receive additional incentives from gas and electric utility providers.

The federal Department of Energy funded the program and the state Department of Commerce acts as the administrator.

Dollars run out soon in Cash for Appliances rebate offer

November 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 1, 2010

Now is the time to upgrade to a more energy efficient refrigerator or washer — and let the government pick up part of the tab.

The state Department of Commerce has announced a last call for rebates on energy-efficient appliances through the Cash for Appliances effort. The program has helped more than 30,000 people upgrade to Energy Star appliances and more than $4 million in rebates.

The program ends after funds run out — and the money is fast disappearing.

Find complete program details — including eligibility requirements, qualifying appliances and the rebate application form — here. Cash for Appliances is open to all Washington residents.

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State, city encourage residents to weatherize homes for winter

October 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaimed Saturday as Weatherization Day — just as the Issaquah Resource Conservation Office continues to encourage residents to make homes more energy efficient.

The city and many organizations use similar programs to raise awareness about energy efficiency in homes — including the benefits of increased energy savings, lower energy costs and job creation in the construction industry.

Issaquah residents can receive free home energy audits through the Resource Conservation Office. Sustainable Issaquah, a community group, also plans a discussion about home energy use. Many Issaquah families have already received free audits.

October is also National Energy Awareness Month. The federal Department of Energy uses the approach of winter to promote energy conservation and renewable energy use. Issaquah made the free home energy audits available through a Department of Energy grant.

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City offers free home energy audits to Issaquah residents

October 26, 2010

The city Resource Conservation Office and partner Puget Sound Energy have 30 free home energy audits available for Issaquah residents. The deadline to sign up has been extended through Nov. 5.

Find the application for the HomePrint audit here. Then, fax the form to 837-3409 or scan and e-mail the application to rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us or drop off the form at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

Independent HomePrint-certified specialists evaluate the major energy systems inside a home, including central heating and air conditioning, water heating, weatherization, lighting, and appliances and electronics.

From the audit participants, the city plans to pick a homeowner to receive a free weatherization — a $4,000 value. The renovated home will then be used as a show house, and free tours will be offered to help the public understand the benefits of a home energy retrofit.

The city has made the audits available through support from PSE and a U.S. Department of Energy grant awarded to Issaquah.

Trade in old appliances for more energy-efficient models

April 13, 2010

Many homeowners may not realize their appliances are a big energy drain — and a drain on their wallet. Cash for Appliances Washington, now available throughout the Evergreen State, offers consumers extra cash back to help them make the switch to a new energy-efficient refrigerator or clothes washer.

Refrigerators manufactured before 1993 cost about $80 to run on average each year, compared to current Energy Star-qualified models that cost as little as $30 annually. Clothes washers that are more than 10 years old add an extra $135 per year in utility costs compared to a new Energy Star-qualified model. In addition to obtaining extra cash back after purchase, participants will save money month after month on their utility bills.

Cash for Appliances Washington rebates are only available until funds run out. The program offers $100 cash back on new, qualified Energy Star clothes washers and $75 on new Energy Star refrigerators when the old unit is recycled. These cash-back incentives are in addition to the incentives offered through Washington utilities for purchasing new and recycling old appliances.

“Washington has an objective to improve statewide per capita energy efficiency by 10 percent by 2012, towards a goal of 20 percent by 2020,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a news release. “We stimulate the appliance marketplace by offering consumers a good reason to purchase a new appliance. We reduce water and energy consumption which helps preserve the environment of our state, and consumers reduce their long-term energy bills.” Read more

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground June 11

June 2, 2009

Habitat for Humanity of East King County will build five duplexes in the Issaquah Highlands. Architect’s rendering by RO2 Design Studio

Habitat for Humanity of East King County will build five duplexes in the Issaquah Highlands. Architect’s rendering by RO2 Design Studio

Affordable houses for 10 families will begin to rise in the Issaquah Highlands in the next several months, local Habitat for Humanity officials said last week.

Habitat officials and volunteers will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking June 11 to kick off construction of five duplexes near the intersection of Northeast Magnolia Street and Northeast Logan Street.

Habitat for Humanity of East King County volunteers will build the houses on nearly an acre of land, which Habitat purchased with help from the city, highlands developer Port Blakely Communities and A Regional Coalition for Housing, an organization of Eastside cities and King County that works to increase the supply of affordable housing. Read more