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What is RePower?

RePower helps increase the energy efficiency of Kitsap County through in-home assessments, financing options and a network of local, skilled contractors to help achieve increased comfort and energy savings in homes and businesses.

RePower currently provides one county-wide program.

RePower is implemented by many partners, including Kitsap County, the Washington State University Energy Program, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, Earth Advantage Institute and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

What are the primary features of RePower?

What is a RePower trade ally contractor?

RePower helps Kitsap County contractors become trade allies and ensure they offer the community the best in energy-efficiency services and information. RePower trade allies are properly licensed, insured and trained in construction safety, and must be Building Performance Institute (BPI)-certified. Trade allies who offer Home Energy Assessments with EPS are BPI-certified and trained to evaluate how a home works as a system to impact its overall energy efficiency and recommend upgrades that help reduce energy costs and increase comfort.

What are the benefits of being a RePower trade ally contractor?

Trade ally contractors are promoted on the RePower website and are referred to homeowners during in-home assessments. Additionally, trade allies are provided with marketing materials and have access to discounted technical trainings from BPI and diagnostic equipment. Contact Seth Kolodziejski, trade ally manager, at 360.956.2176 for more details on trade ally benefits.

Who can I contact for more information?

Email Seth Kolodziejski, trade ally manager, or call 360.956.2176 .

Trade Ally requirements

What is required to become a RePower trade ally?

All trade ally applicants must submit the following documents:

Trade allies who offer Home Energy Assessments with EPS must have at least one BPI Building Analyst directing each assessment. Trade allies who offer weatherization services must have a BPI Envelope Specialist or BPI Building Analyst guiding the work.

How can I receive the OSHA 10-hour training and how much does it cost?

OSHA training for the construction and general contracting industries teach health and safety awareness, and help workers reduce the risk of job-site hazards. The OSHA 10-hour class costs approximately $90 and can be completed online.

Why are all contractors required to have Lead Safety training?

As of April 22, 2010, all contractors and technicians working in homes or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be trained, certified and meet all Lead Safe Work Practice requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department Housing and Urban Development. Federal fines for non-compliance are $37,500 per violation, per day. The eight-hour lead safety training will teach you how to comply with the lead-safety rules and how to integrate safe and effective work practices into your projects.

What are the ongoing responsibilities of trade allies?

Trade allies must respond to program referrals within seven business days. Trade allies must meet RePower's installation standards and submit a summary of completed work to RePower by the 10th of each month using the grant reporting template. A minimum of three reported jobs per quarter is required to maintain trade ally status.

What are the installation standards for RePower trade allies?

Trade ally installation standards for energy-efficiency upgrades can be found in the Weatherization Specifications Manual. For a brief job-site review of these standards, contact Seth Kolodziejski, trade ally manager, at 360.956.2176.

What services do RePower trade allies offer residents?

Trade allies offer services that improve residential energy efficiency, comfort and safety. The most common upgrades made by trade allies address insulation, air sealing, heating systems and moisture management.

What does the RePower staff do?

RePower staff provides call center support, marketing, contractor training and program implementation. All energy-efficiency improvements are made by independent contractors.

In-home energy assessments

Energy advisors will also install items to help make immediate changes to the way homeowners use (and pay) for energy:

Please note: The length of a FREE Home Energy Check-Up may vary, depending on the size of the home.

What is a PSE FREE HomePrint™ Assessment?

Puget Sound Energy's HomePrint™ Assessment is a FREE overview of your home's energy use. Provided by an independent PSE-Qualified Specialist, this in-home service gives you a better understanding of your home's basic energy consumption, cost-effective ways to use less energy, and useful information about how to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Please note: The length of your FREE HomePrint™ Assessment may vary, depending on the size of the home.

Payment and financing options

How are contractors paid for their work?

Homeowners are responsible for payment to contractors for all home energy upgrades.

Is financing available to help with the cost of energy-efficiency upgrades?

Yes. Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union offers energy efficiency loans, making it easier for you to make improvements that increase the comfort, health and safety of your home. Find out more about your loan options here.