There has never been a better time to ditch that old conventional water heater for a new heat pump water heater. This technology uses a high efficient heat pump to heat your water by cutting energy waste up to 50%. With water heating being the second largest use of power in the home this can really help lower that monthly bill!
Commonly Asked Questions:
Q: How does a heat pump water heater work?
A: A heat pump water heater pulls in the heat from surrounding air and uses it to heat the water. Should the surrounding air be too cold there are back up elements like you would see in a standard tank.
Q: Are all of the connections for power and water the same?
A: That depends on the particular model. You can contact your local plumber or CPI for more information.
Q: Do heat pump water heaters cost a bit more money than conventional ones?
A: Yes, but with current CPI incentives along with retailer promotional offerings the cost can be lower than a conventional water heater.
Current and Upcoming Heat Pump Water Heater Promotions:
• CPI rebates range from $300-$500 per qualifying model. This is an ongoing rebate.
• Nov. 6 – Dec. 4, 2013, GE Geospring will have a $400 dollar instant rebate at all GE retail locations.
• Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2013, Rheem EcoSense will have a $459 instant rebate at Home Depot locations.
• Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2013, AirTap Airgenerate qualifies for a $750 dollar rebate, see your local heating contractor or plumber for more information.
If you would like more information please visit our heat pump water heater rebate webpage or give us a call at (541) 929-8520.
The Consumers Power Charitable Trust gave $6,205 to seven non-profit organizations at its second meeting of the year on August 22.
Those receiving funds were
- ABC house to purchase a new conference table
- Coastal Range Food Bank for food purchases
- Hamilton Creek School to purchase a Kindle for Language Arts class
- Hand in Hand Farm for equine medical care
- Independent Community Club for window re-glazing
- Knights of Columbus to purchase sweatpants for injured soldiers and medical scrubs
- Marine Corps Family Foundation to purchase supplies for Operation Santa
Individuals who are CPI members and non-profit organizations that provide services in the six counties where CPI provides electric service are eligible to apply for grants from the Charitable Trust.
CPI customers and employees fund the Charitable Trust by voluntarily rounding up their monthly electric bills. A volunteer committee of CPI members makes funding decisions.
The next meeting of the CPI Charitable Trust will be November 14. For an application or questions, call CPI at 541-929-8520 or write email@example.com.
Although seemingly innocent enough, putting signs or other items on utility poles creates serious safety hazards. Staples, nails, and tacks used to hang signs as well as the signs themselves, pose dangers to line workers who must climb poles when either restoring power following storms or while performing routine maintenance to ensure system reliability.
The nails and tacks left behind from signs can snag utility workers gloves and sleeves that they wear to work on high voltage lines and puncture the safety clothing making line workers vulnerable to electrocution.
Posters or other objects (birdhouses, balloons, flags, and even basketball nets) can also create dangerous obstacles as they themselves or the objects left behind from hanging them can cause problems for line workers.
Thank you for following these safety tips and helping to keep our CPI linemen safe!
There have been increased incidences of scams targeting utility customers across the United States.
The scams generally involve attempts to illegally obtain payments for fictitious utility bills.
Individuals impersonating utility company representatives or collection agency personnel are utilizing a variety of techniques to gain access to customer’s funds, usually by indicating a customer has an outstanding debt and is about to immediately lose service.
If you ever receive a phone call like this, do not give any personal information over the phone. Always call CPI to verify. Reach us at 541-929-3124.
The Good Place to Be showcases energy efficiency actions being taken by real people across the region, in their own words.
Find practical ways to reducing energy waste that have worked for others. You can even add your own stories! See more at cpi.goodplacetobe.com.
You’re looking at spending anywhere between $150 to over $250 a year in energy costs just to power up that old extra refrigerator.
Energy Star has a handy online calculator to figure out how much in electricity your current fridge costs you.
CPI has a $15 rebate for purchase of a new Energy Star refrigerator and a $15 rebate to have your working fridge or freezer recycled. See more at Appliances in our Rebate section.
CPI rebates for ductless heat pumps now include manufactured and site built homes with electric forced air heating. The rebate for either is $1,500. The rebates are availalbe for installs between April 1 and September 30, 2013. CPI continues to offers its ductless heat pump rebate for homes heated with resistance heat.
CPI members thinking of adding insulation to their homes or installing new windows should check with CPI before making their purchase.
CPI requires a pre-inspection before work is done on the home. The insulation rebate is 25 percent of the cost of the job up to $500. CPI pays $6 a square foot for windows with an efficiency rating (U Factor) of .30 or less. We also will pay $8 a square foot for windows with a U factor of .22. Homes must be heated with electricity to qualify.
To qualify for a $60 washing machine rebate the machine must have a Modified Energy Factor of 2.20 or better and a Water Factor of 6 or lower.
CPI has a limited rebate budget for people adding solar to their homes. Because of this, CPI requires a pre-approval to make sure it has funds available.
CPI also has rebates of either $300 or $500 depending on gallon size for heat pump water heaters. See requirements and forms under our Rebates tab at www.cpi.coop
Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox?
811 is the number you should call before you begin any digging project.
People often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked.
Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines.
Dial 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.
In recognition of the tremendous value of the Columbia and Snake River System, CPI is partnering with a regional effort to educate people about the multiple benefits the rivers provide to the region’s economy. An informational “CleanHydro” campaign features a new website, fact-based materials, two television ads and print ads. CPI is joining other utilities and users of the region’s rivers on the campaign, which is being coordinated by Northwest RiverPartners, an organization of river users with members in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
For information on the CleanHydro campaign, visit www.cleanhydro.com
Public opinion research shows a lack of understanding of the river system’s value to the Northwest’s economy. Many Northwest residents believe wind and solar technologies produce a much higher percentage of power than what is accurate. Younger generations know very little about the Columbia and Snake River System’s positive contributions. For example, surveys show that Northwest residents believe hydropower comprises 42 percent of the region’s power, while they think wind and solar combine for 11 percent. In reality, hydropower produces 60 percent of the region’s electricity, while solar and wind produce 4 percent. And in the Northwest, hydropower provides 90 percent of the region’s renewable energy.
“We are launching this effort to educate people that a great deal of important commerce flows from our Northwest rivers,” said Scott Corwin, Executive Director of the Public Power Council and also a co-chair of the CleanHydro campaign. “The fact that hydropower is the region’s premier renewable energy source is a compelling story to share,” Corwin added.
Examples of facts and benefits from the campaign:
- Agriculture: Northwest rivers irrigate 7.8 million acres of farmland each year. Annual net earned income from Northwest agriculture production exceeds $8 billion.
- Commerce: Over 50 million tons of commercial cargo, valued at over $20 billion, is moved down the Columbia and Snake Rivers annually. The Northwest is the nation’s number one exporter of wheat, barley and paper products. The Northwest river system provides over 100,000 jobs to the region.
- Clean air: Barges on Northwest rivers keep 700,000 trucks off the highways each year. Because hydropower produces no carbon emissions, the Northwest’s carbon footprint is half that of other parts of the country.
- Renewable: Hydropower provides nearly 90 percent of the Northwest’s renewable energy.
- Energy: Northwest dams provide nearly 60 percent of the region’s electricity. It would take two nuclear, three coal-fired, or six gas-fired power plants to replace the average annual power produced by the four lower Snake River dams.
- Flexible and reliable: Because the rivers are always flowing in the Northwest, hydropower is also used as a tool to back up intermittent generators such as wind or solar. Hydro generation can be quickly adjusted to follow changes in wind production and keep the transmission system reliable.
- Flood control: Prior to the federal dams on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, Portland and other cities were subject to severe flooding. Controlling flood waters became a high priority in 1948 when Vanport, Oregon, was destroyed in a late spring deluge. A 1964 treaty with Canada led to the development of millions of acre-feet of water storage for flood control and power generation. Estimates show that flood control operations in February 1996 saved $3.2 billion to the Portland metropolitan area in what otherwise would have been devastating flood damage.
- Recreation: The reservoirs formed by dams provide Northwest residents with abundant waterways for boating, fishing, water-related sports and cruises. Tourism from river cruise ships alone brings $15 to $20 million annually to local Northwest economies.
About Northwest RiverPartners: Northwest RiverPartners is an alliance of over 120 farmers, utilities, ports and small and large businesses that relies on and promotes the economic and environmental benefits of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and fish and wildlife policies and programs based on sound science. RiverPartners’ member organizations represent more than four million electric utility customers, 40,000 farmers and thousands of port employees that provide hundreds of thousands of Northwest jobs.
For information on the CleanHydro campaign, visit www.cleanhydro.com
CPI has plans for a number of distribution and transmission pole replacements this year.
“Thirty transmission poles, many in difficult access areas, have been identified as needing replacement due to decay or damage,” says Greg Pierce, CPI Director of Operations. “Another 110 distribution poles have been identified as needing replacement due to decay or damage.”
Approximately 8,700 feet of underground cable will be replaced system wide. These cable sections were installed in the 1970’s and have shorted and failed many times resulting in power outages. Some of the underground cable sections that will be replaced are in subdivisions in Lebanon, South Albany and North Corvallis.
“In addition, approximately 16,200 feet of underground cable will be refurbished using an insulating fluid injection system. This cable treatment has proven to be a cost effective way to prolong the life of underground cables meeting certain criteria,” according to Greg without having to do a total replacement.
When an outage is required for the work to be done, CPI will notify customers by postcard or a phone call.