What is Community Power Works?
- Community Power Works is a program started in April 2011 by the City of Seattle aimed at helping homeowners make energy efficient upgrades to their homes by offering subsidized energy audits, a pre-qualified contractor pool, low-interest fixed rate loan products, and rebates for carbon reductions. Funding for the program comes from a $20 million award Seattle received through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant's BetterBuilding program as part of the 2009 federal stimulus funds.
Why participate in Community Power Works?
- The average Seattle home is so poorly insulated and drafty it's like having a 2-foot by 4-foot sized window open 24 hours a day. Community Power Works helps homeowners identify opportunities to improve the comfort, health, and efficiency of their homes and gives them access to resources to make these improvements affordable and straightforward.
Who can participate in the program?
- Community Power Works is available to all homeowners in the defined target area in central and southeast Seattle. This includes:
- Beacon Hill - Rainier Valley - Columbia City - Mt. Baker - Georgetown - Leschi - Madrona - Madison Valley - the Central District - most of Capitol Hill.
What incentives, rebates, and resources are available?
- City-subsidized home energy assessment
- $95 instead of the normal $400
- Low-interest loans through Enterprise Cascadia for energy efficiency home upgrades
- 20-year term with no fees for early repayment
- Fixed 5.99% or 3.99%, depending on income
- Up to $20,000
- Eligibility based on credit check and Seattle City Light bill payment history
- Monthly payments paid through your Seattle City Light bill
- Rebates for carbon reductions
- After home improvements have been made participants will receive a check from the city for the amount of modeled carbon reductions over the life of the improvements, based on a price of $10 per ton of carbon.
- Pre-qualified contractor pool
- All contractors in the program, including Sound Home Performance, meet the City of Seattle's rigorous High Roads Contractor standards and are qualified, bonded, and insured to perform the work recommended through the program.
How do I participate?
- Sign up for the program at: https://my.communitypowerworks.org/apply/
- Use the referral code "SOUND" to partner with Sound Home Performance
- Contact us if you have any questions
Want more information about Community Power Works?
- Community Power Works homepage
- CPW target area map
- CPW application
- More CPW information
- Mayor McGinn announces launch of CPW