Early Success Drives Additional Savings

Ductless Heat Pumps use an indoor air handling unit called a "head" that move air in the main living space.

The Cold Cash for POW&R (Propane, Oil, Wood & Rentals) Promotion has seen such rapid adoption, that additional funds were allocated and the rebate program continues!

The only significant change is that the incentive for single-head ductless heat pump (DHP) systems has been reduced to $800. Customers that received a Confirmation ID# (up through CCPOWR33) from Thurston Energy at the original $1,500 rate will still be eligible for that rebate amount.

Thurston Energy has gotten strong interest in this promotion from a wide array of customers that are historically less likely to make energy efficiency improvements with the use of rebates. Homes that are heated by propane, oil or wood generally do not qualify for as many utility rebates, because they do not use the utility’s fuel for heat. Rental property owners do not have the direct incentive of reduced heating bills or improved comfort, because they do not live in the home and pay the utility bills. Yet, there are many rental property owners now coming forward and making improvements based on the cash incentive for ductless heat pumps and weatherization.


Is a single-head ductless heat pump (DHP) system right for you?

A DHP is a highly efficient heating and cooling system that consists of two parts: an outdoor compressor unit and in indoor air-handling unit called a “head”. The two parts are connected by a tube that passes the heat through a refrigerant fluid. The head uses a blower to move air around within the open space of a home. An ideal candidate for a single-head DHP is a home up to around 1,500 square feet where much of the living space is in a single open area. Closed rooms such as bedrooms will often benefit from additional, auxiliary heat.

Many people love DHPs because they provide an even and steady heating or cooling through the living space. The cost to operate a DHP is only a fraction of the cost of propane or fuel oil, and they require far less effort than wood-based stoves.

For a comprehensive set of Questions & Answers about DHP systems, visit www.goingductless.com/consumer/FAQs.


Want to make your home even more comfortable?

Regardless of how you heat your home, there are great benefits to properly air sealing and insulating your home. Insulation is like a sweater for your home … it holds the heat in. But when the wind blows and you’re walking outside in a sweater you still feel the chill. You need a wind-breaker … and that is where air sealing comes in for your home. When you seal the cracks and holes, the air stays put and you are more comfortable inside.

Cold Cash for POW&R includes a rebate of 40% of the price of qualifying air sealing and insulation measures up to $2,000 for qualifying homes heated by propane, oil or wood, and/or rental properties.

Contact Thurston Energy today with any questions, or to get started: 360-528-2112.

Join Us for an Info Session


You are invited to a Cold Cash for Home Performance Info Session!

Join Thurston Energy at one of our 3, free information sessions to ask questions and learn more about what kinds of upgrades qualify:


Saturday, September 6th at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Tumwater Library

Monday, September 15th at 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Olympia City Hall

Thursday, September 18th at 5:30 PM – &:00 PM at the Lacey library

As you may know, Thurston Energy is a non-profit organization and part of the Thurston Economic Development Council. Thurston Energy does not provide contractor services directly, but works with vendors who operate in Thurston County to provide weatherization services.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to become more comfortable in your home while you save energy and save money!

These events are FREE and open to all.

Please contact Thurston Energy with any questions: 360-528-2112


Super Sustainable Saturday 2014

Super Sustainable Saturday addressed both housing and transportation in terms of lowering energy usage, reducing waste, and reducing toxicity. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the volunteer-based Sustainable South Capitol, in partnership with the South Capitol Neighborhood Association (SCNA) and Thurston Energy, held the first ever “Super Sustainable Saturday” at Lincoln Elementary School, and around the neighborhood in homes open for tours. The event drew many visitors on a beautiful sunny day to learn from a variety of community nonprofits and businesses that are focused on sustainability.

At the “Sustainability Hub” at Lincoln, displays included Thurston Energy, SCNA, a display of homemade nontoxic cleaners, South Sound Solar, Thurston Solid Waste, Intercity Transit, Sustainable South Sound, the Olympia Heritage Commission, the Warm Window Project, and Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

Two companies gave hands-on demonstrations at their tables: Eco Woodworks demonstrated how to restore wood windows, and ECHO Energy demonstrated how to seal ducts (see “Duct Seal Demo” video above).

Along the home tour route, residents shared their experiences with energy efficient ductless heat pumps, tankless hot water heaters, solar photovoltaic energy systems, bee keeping, rain gardens, backyard chicken coops, and fruit trees. Some of the tours included instructional lessons given in living rooms, while others were walk-by wonders.

Said Jack Rice, one of the neighbors: “I also saw fascinating old trees, interesting and lovely yard presentations, kids playing, contented appearing adults working in their surrounds. I had a fine and most stimulating day.”

There was also a car show, as several neighbors showed how their electric cars and electric bicycles worked. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt have both been gaining traction as reliable vehicles, and following the path that the Toyota Prius has blazed over the past ten years as a car that is easy on the environment, while being fun and practical to drive.

Guests even enjoyed freshly made Lupe’s Hot Tamales, and the serendipitous timing and placement of a plant sale also being held at the school. All in all, it was a beautiful day to learn how to lighten our impact on the environment, whether staying put at the Sustainability Hub, or moving around to enjoy the tours.

Warming Up A Historic Home


PHOTO:  Homeowner Greg Tudor (right) and Thurston Energy Manager Mark Rentfrow observe the Tudor’s historic home, and discuss techniques for removing siding, filling walls with additional cellulose insulation, and then replacing the siding.

Kate and Greg Tudor and their family moved into their historic home in 2009 and the pipes promptly froze.  They quickly determined that they needed some form of weatherization, so they got an energy evaluation from Thurston Energy.  “Essentially, our home was like a moderately protected carport,” recounts Greg.


Story of Spree … One Lucky Dog


The Story of Spree … One Lucky Dog

Sometimes there’s more to savings and comfort than simply installing energy efficient heating equipment. No one knows this better than Spree … a fifteen year old dog whose owner recently went through an energy improvement in their home in Olympia.

This home had a history of being uncomfortably cold. No matter what the owner did to try to improve the situation, she never felt that she was receiving the full heating benefit that she had paid for.


From Super Leaky to Super Comfy

Homeowner Roger Horn and Thurston Energy Manager Mark Rentfrow use thermal imaging to observe an attic hatch through a closet, and discuss how proper insulation and air sealing keeps warm air inside a room

Roger Horn’s house was “super leaky.”  He could feel cold air coming into the room 3 feet away from duct openings, the hatch leading from a closet down into the crawlspace, and from other closets and cabinets.

But Roger learned about Thurston Energy shortly after it began in 2010, and got a home energy audit.  He started by adding insulation under the floors and in crawl spaces.  Later on, he decided to make more improvements.  After a second energy evaluation, Roger hired Northwest Energy Team to install a ductless heat pump system, do air sealing and insulation work, and to seal the hatches to crawlspaces and attics.

“It’s a lot warmer now, and the ductless is much quieter than my other furnace, which cycled up and down frequently,” explains Roger, who also blocked the old vents to prevent drafts.  Roger has completed several improvements on the house since he moved into it in 1990, and enjoys his energy efficient and comfortable home.

PHOTO:  Homeowner Roger Horn and Thurston Energy Manager Mark Rentfrow use thermal imaging to observe an attic hatch through a closet, and discuss how proper insulation and air sealing keeps warm air inside a room.