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Boots-on-the-Ground at Neil Kelly

Posted April 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

                Corey Fitch, the Home Performance and Solar manager at Neil Kelly’s Seattle office, walks the talk as much as possible. Like many Community Power Works participants, Corey lived in a 100-year-old house that was in dire need of a whole-home energy overhaul. Corey decided to put his… Continue Reading >

A “Miraculous” Investment in Joy and Happiness

Posted February 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Every winter, Susie Cantor faced a decision familiar to too many parents. A single mother, Susie was forced to choose between paying her costly energy bills and buying necessary items for her two daughters. In their midcentury home in Greenwood, the Cantor family struggled to pay the “nauseating” $350/month oil bill for the home’s old,… Continue Reading >

Seattle: 2014 Energy Efficiency Bowl Champions!

Posted January 31, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Seattlites are thrilled that Super Bowl XLVIII is only a few days away. After all, what could be more exciting than watching the Seahawks emerge victorious over the Broncos in the biggest game of the year? At Community Power Works, we’re also excited about this year’s contest for another reason: winning in energy efficiency. OPower… Continue Reading >

The Power of Peer Pressure

Posted December 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment

For the last five years, OPower has harnessed the power of peer pressure to dramatically reduce residential energy consumption. A company that runs innovative energy-efficiency programs for utilities, OPower’s neighborhood energy challenge competitions have evolved into the largest behavior change experiment in the world. In the 70 utility districts participating in the OPower program, utility… Continue Reading >

Your Home Energy Auditor May Be A Moisture Detective!

Posted November 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Many types of mold are harmless, but several have been found to produce serious health complications and/or compromise the quality and structure of the home. Home energy auditors can be a great resource by looking for signs of water damage during their inspection, which may indicate a mold or rot problem. Whether you live in… Continue Reading >

Fruits and veggies and a side of dessert

Posted October 28, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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There’s a saying in the energy efficiency world that you have to eat your energy efficiency fruits and vegetables before you can have your solar dessert. A little over a year ago, homeowners Amanda Slepski and Patti West thought they might not get either. Amanda’s father performed an audit of their Georgetown home and estimated… Continue Reading >

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Posted October 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment


Brown Bear Car Wash is seeing green. Washington’s largest commercial car wash has long been a leader in water efficiency, green cleaning chemicals, and storm water pollution reduction, and it’s now adding energy efficiency to its sustainable operating practices. Bolstered by rebates and incentives from Community Power Works for Small Business, Brown Bear recently upgraded… Continue Reading >

Windows: A Worthy Investment?

Posted August 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Many homeowners call the Community Power Works hotline with the same complaint: expensive utility bills. Even before they sign up for their $95 audit subsidized by Seattle City Light, homeowners often believe they have already pinpointed the source of their energy woes — leaky windows. Phil Lofurno was shocked to learn during his energy assessment… Continue Reading >



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