Important Home Energy Savings program changes: July 1, 2023
Pacific Power made changes to the Wattsmart Home Energy Savings program in Washington, effective July 1, 2023. These changes are intended to align the program with the updated residential Washington State Energy Code.
Build for efficiency and earn your rewards
Pacific Power offers builders to receive cash incentives for including high-efficiency products and features in new multifamily homes. Stand out and show your commitment to quality with homes that deliver superior comfort, greater durability and lower energy costs.
|Qualifications & Incentives||Incentive|
|Performance Whole Home, Electric Heating
Tier 1 (10% – 19.99% above code)
|Performance Whole Home, Electric Heating
Tier 2 (≥ 20% above code)
|Performance Whole Home, Electric Cooling
Tier 1 (≥ 10% above code)
|Pay for Savings Whole Home, Electric Heating||$0.50/kWh annual energy savings|
|Standalone New Construction Heat Pump
12.0 HSPF, 18 SEER
*Incentive is available to either the homeowner or the builder, not both
Ensure the single-family home qualifies:
- Home must be new single-family construction. Up to 3 connected units can qualify as a single family. Buildings with 4 or more units may be eligible for Multifamily New Construction incentives.
- Work completed must comply with all building codes and standards.
- Home must have electric water heating as well as electric space heating and/or space cooling to qualify for the Performance incentives. Home must have electric space heating to qualify for the Pay for Savings incentive.
- For the electric space heating incentive, home’s primary space heating source must be electric baseboard, electric ceiling or wall heat, electric furnace, ductless heat pump, or electric ducted heat pump (space heaters do not qualify). Water heater must be electric resistance or heat pump.
- For the electric space cooling incentive, home must have a compressor-based cooling system serving the whole home (portable air conditioners and evaporative coolers do not qualify) and be heated by gas or other fuel source.
- Homes completed with certificates of occupancy dated less than 120 days prior to the new program’s effective date may be eligible for incentives under the new program structure.
Requirements for Performance and Pay for Savings pathways:
- Home must be better than the applicable Washington State Energy Code
- Tier 1: Home must be at least 10%-19.99% above code
- Tier 2: Home must be at least 20% above code
- Pay for Savings Incentive: Home must exceed applicable energy code
- Home must complete the pre-qualification process; to schedule a pre-qualification appointment, please contact the program at [email protected].
- New home may only receive a Performance incentive, Pay for Savings incentive, or Standalone incentives.
- Home is subject to program on-site inspections upon request, during construction or at completion.
- All services must be provided in accordance with the specifications in the Washington Technical Specifications Manual.
- Home must be modeled and inspected by a third-party RESNET certified Rater who is on the Rater List.
- Must use Better Built NW AXIS database for modeling purposes.
Requirements for Standalone New Homes pathway:
- Standalone measures may not be combined with Whole Home Performance or Pay for Savings incentives.
- Equipment must be incremental to applicable energy code.
- Air source heat pump must meet 12.0 HSPF (10.2 HSPF 2) and 18.0 SEER (17.1 SEER2).
Additional program rules:
- Submit all documents within 90 days of certificate of occupancy issuance date.
- Application must be submitted within 90 days of purchasing your new energy-efficient product.
- Incentive may not exceed total cost of the project.
- Incentives Application, completed and signed*
- Copy of Certificate of Occupancy.
- Pre-qualification approval paperwork.
- Third Party Payment Addendum (only for homeowners and other third-party entities not listed on account and applying for incentives).
- IRS W-9 Form, if applicable**
*If mailing, please make copies for your records and note the date mailed on the application.
**Applicable only to businesses and non-individual customers, including landlords, applying for incentives.
Incentives are associated with the Home Energy Savings program July 1, 2023 tariff filing approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. All incentives are subject to change with 45 days notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply.
Residential electric customers residing in the state of Washington who purchase their electricity from Pacific Power on rate schedules 16, 17, 18, or 19 qualify. Landlords who own rental properties served by the company in the state of Washington where the tenant is billed on rate schedules 16, 17, 18, and 19 also qualify for this program. You can locate your rate schedule on your bill or by calling 1-888-221-7070. Incentive checks are only issued in the name of the Pacific Power account holder.
Provide your customer with accurate and complete incentive application paperwork to ensure uninterrupted processing and swift incentive payment.
If the customer is applying for the incentive:
- At the time of project completion, customers should receive the following from their contractors:
- Completed and signed trade ally section of the incentive application
- Completed and signed technical worksheet, if applicable
- Itemized invoice/receipt and any other required documentation
- Walk your customer through the rest of the incentive application so they know exactly what to submit
- Notify the customer that their home will need to be inspected before the incentive can be approved
- Point out the customer service hotline as a resource for them, and the 90-day submittal deadline
- In case of missing information, assist your customer in securing any trade ally information or documentation
If the trade ally is applying for the incentive:
- Complete and sign the incentive application
- Complete and sign technical worksheet, if applicable
- Submit itemized invoice/receipt and any other required documentation
- The home must pass an inspection before the incentive can be approved
- In the case of missing information, please work with your contractor to provide any missing documentation to the program
- Note the customer service hotline and the 90-day submittal deadline
Provide feedback to the program with suggested improvements to streamline incentive processing. We want to make the process as simple and easy as possible.