Conservation Services

In-Home Energy Assessment

What is an in-home energy assessment?

Our in-home energy assessments are a free service we offer to help income-qualified clients save money on their household energy bills. During the assessment visit, staff members will visit the client's home to discuss current energy usage of the household and look for low cost/no cost ways to cut back on bills. After the visit, an energy assessment report will be created that highlights the most effective ways to save energy. The goal of each energy assessment visit is to tailor energy and money savings to the individual home and client's lifestyle.

Who is eligible?

Kittitas County homeowners and renters who meet the income criteria.

How do I schedule an in-home energy assessment?

Call the Ellensburg HopeSource office 509-925-1448 to determine eligibility and schedule a visit.

Conservation education workshops

Get educated!

The Weatherization department offers FREE workshops for any person or group that is interested. The comprehensive workshop takes a look at low/no cost money saving opportunities and offers a flexible schedule for your convenience. Please call with any questions or to schedule a workshop.

Tips for saving energy and money

Where does your money go?

Half of the money spent on energy bills comes from heating and cooling your home, especially in colder climates like Kittitas County. Remember that the Building + Behaviors = $$$Bills$$$. In other words, it is the combination of both the home itself and the conservation efforts you make that will make an impact.

Energy Use

Statistical Source: US EPA Energy Star, 2008

10 quick energy saving tips

  1. Set your thermostat at 65°-68°F and lower it 5°F at night and when you leave your home
  2. Turn your water heater down to 120°F
  3. Replace your furnace filter every 2-3 months or when it is dirty
  4. Consider zonal heating and cooling with space heaters and fans
  5. Set your refrigerator at 34°-38°F, keep it stocked when possible, clean the coils often
  6. When washing clothes, wash in cold water and do full loads of laundry
  7. When drying clothes, make sure the dryer is vented properly, dry full loads, and hang clothes outside to dry in the sunlight whenever possible
  8. Switch from incandescent light bulbs to high-efficiency bulbs (CFLs and LEDS) and turn them off when you leave a room or the house
  9. Unplug small appliances and all electronics when unused
  10. Plug multiple devices (i.e. computer center and entertainment center) into power strips and turn them all off at night or when unused
Heating 50%
Water Heating 13%
Refrigeration 5%
Washer & Dryer 6%
Electronics 7%
Lighting 10%
Other 7%
Dishwasher 2%

Have an energy assessment done on your home for personalized tips!