Alaska’s first Thermalize campaign has seen an outpouring of interest! We have 164 applicants and at three months after the application closing period, a total of 90 homeowners are looking to install heat pumps. A dozen more are pursuing heating bill-reducing energy efficiency measures. Even before our contractors went to work, nine ambitious homeowners beat the crowd and used their Alaska Heat Smart heat pump assessments to install a heat pump early! With these numbers, it seems very likely that heat pump installs will see a $400 rebate, and weatherization upgrades a 3% discount.
Thermalize Juneau has signed agreements with three Juneau businesses to lead the charge with heat pump installations, electrical connectivity for these heat pumps, and the fulfillment of energy efficiency retrofits. Panhandle Heat Pumps, ALCAN Electrical, and Building Pros, Inc. will all be realize a healthy uptick in their business over the next 6 months as the 156 Thermalize applicants move ahead with commitments and decided upon installations and upgrades. Our outreach team is currently making calls to applicants and it is our hope that installations and upgrades will commence by July 15.
Join us on March 18th at 6:00 PM Alaska for a Thermalize Juneau Zoom workshop. Our goal with the workshop is to help everyone who has signed up or is interested in Thermalize Juneau better understand what the program offers, what its limitations are, and what is expected from participants.
The agenda will cover:
- Why participate in a Thermalize campaign
- What energy efficiency measures are available through Thermalize Juneau
- Why these energy efficiency measures are available
- Why a single head minisplit is the air source heat pump available
- What the timeline of Thermalize Juneau will be
- What participants will need to do at each stage in the timeline
- Questions & Answers
The workshop will be hosted by Alaska Heat Smart, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Information Insights, AEL&P, and Renewable Juneau. The workshop will take place over Zoom, and you can register and receive the Zoom sign in information by clicking on the link below.
Registration for Thermalize Juneau is now open! Sign up through the link below. Up to 150 registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis through April 1st. By registering for Themalize Juneau, you are not making a financial commitment at this time. You are only signalling interest in participating in the bulk purchase once the terms are solidified. You are also requesting an initial Heat Pump Assessment and free energy audit, both of which will help you know if the Thermalize Juneau bulk purchase items will work well for your goals.
The following items will be available through the Thermalize Juneau bulk purchase:
- Single head mini-split air source heat pump
- Air sealing and ventilation
- Attic insulation
- Crawlspace vapor barriers, insulation, and ventilation
You may choose either just the heat pump, or the heat pump in addition to any of the energy efficiency measures. We are restricting the bulk purchase to these items to keep the program simple, and because we have found that they provide the greatest return on investment for the typical Juneau building.
If you have already applied for or received an Alaska Heat Smart Heat Pump Assessment and you would like to participate in the Thermalize Juneau bulk purchase, please complete this registration form.
Thank you to Information Insights for recently completing the Juneau Ductless Heat Pump Market Survey. As the first step in the Thermalize Juneau Department of Energy project, this helps us understand current heat pump user experiences, the reasons behind the heat pump installations, occupant satisfaction, perceived energy savings, and usage patterns. This will inform efforts in this year’s Thermalize Juneau program and other future heat pump initiatives.
To help make our mission more sustainable, Alaska Heat Smart has now made a donation page available on our website. If you like our mission or appreciate the advice we provide, we would appreciate your support. Your donation helps us continue our Heat Pump Home Assessment services and provide the organizational support around this year’s Thermalize Juneau campaign.
You can donate through PayPal on our donations page.
Thanks to everyone who attended our Thermalize Juneau kickoff event on Tuesday evening. We hope you are all excited to get involved in our bulk purchasing initiative! For those who missed it, you can watch through our recording of the event here, and you can read through the presentation below.
To learn more about the Thermalize Juneau program, you can visit our Thermalize Juneau page.
To get involved in the Thermalize Juneau program, you just need to sign up to our email list here. We will keep the community updated on the latest Thermalize news through this email list.
Thanks again to everyone who listened in and helped make the event happen!
Alaska Heat Smart is partnering with Renewable Juneau, Alaska Electric Light & Power, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, and Information Insights to launch Thermalize Juneau – Alaska’s first bulk purchasing initiative for heat pumps and other efficiency measures.
We are hosting a launch event next Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 PM AKST.
Listen in and learn about:
– What a Thermalize campaign is
– What a Thermalize campaign will look like in Juneau
– Why heat pumps and other energy efficiency measures are effective in Juneau
– What financing options are available
– What the next steps are in the Thermalize Juneau campaign
Register in advance for this meeting: http://ow.ly/mEuI50Cv9w8 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Bob Deering, one of AHS’s energy advisors, recently gave a presentation during the Electrify Alaska event. Electrify Alaska focused on the many exciting opportunities for Beneficial Electrification efforts in Alaska, where electric sector actors work with community groups to achieve mutual goals, like addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Building electrification, through efficient devices like heat pumps, is a key aspect to a Beneficial Electrification strategy, and we are glad AHS was able to showcase Juneau’s efforts in this area.
We were happy to partner with REAP to help Alaskans learn more about the benefits of heat pumps. Watch this video to see our part of the event.
Click here for the full event: https://youtu.be/tHfxNYeEiDQ