Aylee Rhea, the executive director of Suzanne Elise Assisted Living, is always looking for ways to save at the Avamere community in Seaside. So when an Energy Trust representative offered to install energy-saving shower wands and compact fluorescent light bulbs in residents’ rooms at no cost, she was interested.
“At first I wondered why it was free, but he explained that we’ve been paying for energy-efficiency services on our energy bills for years. So it made sense,” said Rhea. The center is a customer of Pacific Power and NW Natural.
Participating was simple. Energy Trust representatives worked efficiently and professionally to install the energy-saving products in each apartment and handled the paperwork. “I was surprised how easy the program was to use,” Rhea said.
When Rhea learned about the no-cost service, she also made a note of Energy Trust incentives for energy-efficient equipment and lighting. It was information she put to use quickly.
“It just so happened that I needed a gas water heater about a week later,” Rhea recalled. “Because I knew about the program, we installed a high-efficiency gas model and got an incentive.” She’s also planning to upgrade the outdated, inefficient lighting in the facility’s common areas.