Advanced Energy Management Wins NW Ductless Heat Pump Project “2011-2012 Contractor of the Year”
Posted April 3, 2012 | Leave a Comment
Our congratulations go out to Community Power Works’ energy expert Craig Christensen and his crew at Advanced Energy Management (AEM) for winning the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project 2011-2012 Contractor of the Year award for Washington State! AEM installed over 300 heat pumps last year – more than any other contractor in the state. They are recognized by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) in collaboration with Washington State utilities, for “quality installations, commitment to customer service and educating their community about the energy efficiency benefits of ductless heating and cooling systems.”
“It’s great to be recognized by an unbiased third party,” Christensen told us. “But the employees deserve the real congratulations for doing a good job all year, for not taking short cuts, and making sure our customers are happy.”
The NW Ductless Heat Pump Project was established in 2008, in partnership with utilities in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, along with the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Trust of Oregon. In the past four years the project has helped businesses like AEM install 14,000 ductless heat pumps – saving enough energy to power 4,400 homes for a full year.
Heat pumps are highly-efficient heating and cooling systems that provide an extremely cost effective alternative to electric baseboards and wall heaters. Installations are increasing as the public learns more about the benefits of heat pumps through programs like Community Power Works and the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project. “Demand has really bloomed over the last year,” Christensen said.
Incentives for ductless heat pumps, including Seattle City Light rebates and Community Power Works-exclusive incentives, have helped to increase demand for heat pumps. One of Community Power Works’ customers received over $6800 in incentives toward their home energy upgrade that included installing a ductless heat pump, new windows, and insulation.
“Financial incentives are excellent. There is no other program that even comes close to Community Power Works for the monetary incentives for homeowners,” Christensen said.
Regarding Community Power Works in general, Christensen said, “The program has been in place for a while and it has created a strong team atmosphere in its progression. It is a vetted and well-put together program that is not going to leave the homeowner hanging.”
AEM is also currently working with five businesses in the Community Power Works for Small Business Program. In addition to being a Community Power Works energy expert, the company has worked with King County Housing Authority and Seattle Office of Housing, among others. Although AEM is being recognized for its heat pump installations, the company also provides electrical and lighting upgrades, and whole house and apartment ventilation upgrades. Check out the company’s profile below.
Advanced Energy Management
Contact person & phone number: Craig Christensen, Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-355-5565 cell, 253-531-8770 office, 253-531-3011 fax
Neighborhood: All over Seattle and throughout the I-5 Corridor
Years in business: 4
Size of workforce: 30
Business Specialty: Energy Efficiency Measures
Personal Passion: We like to say we are solution providers. Anyone can be trained to complete an energy audit or install energy efficient upgrades. We strive to meet the specific need of the homeowner and help them save money and be more comfortable while helping the environment.
How/ why did you decide to get into the business? We have evolved into this business through our participation in many different weatherization programs. Saving energy makes sense and we pride ourselves on being innovative problem solvers.
Why are programs like Community Power Works important to you & your customers? Community Power Works offers homeowners and businesses like us a way of tying everything together from start to finish. It is a one stop shop that has been scrutinized and held to a very high standard that gives homeowners a base level of confidence and unique incentives. It is a team effort that leads to a better environment, a better city, and a more comfortable home.
What was your most memorable moment or job? It is usually after a job is finished that I find to be the most memorable, because that is when you hear that the improvements you made for someone are actually working and there is a noticeable difference.