Heating and Cooling Your Home

For most homes, the largest energy costs come from heating and cooling. Installing energy-efficient space and water heating solutions, turning down your thermostat, doing regular maintenance, and sealing air gaps are great ways to save you money on your bills and improve the comfort of your home.

Discounts and rebates are available to City Light customers for qualified heating and cooling solutions.

Options for Saving on Heating and Cooling Your Home

  • Program your thermostat - To save as much as $180 a year, set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you are asleep or away from home.
  • Maintain equipment - Check your air filters and schedule annual maintenance to keep equipment running in peak condition.
  • Install aerators and efficient showerheads - By installing water conservation devices throughout your home, you can save a lot on hot water use and your water bill too!
  • Weatherize your home - Add weatherstripping and caulk to prevent air leaks and save up to $38 a year.
  • Insulate your home - Insulation is an extremely effective way to reduce your heating costs, keep you cooler in the summer, and improve the overall comfort of your home.
  • Invest in energy-efficient windows - Upgrading your windows to high-performance, energy-efficient models will improve the comfort of your home, as well as lower your energy bills by up to 12% according to the US Department of Energy.
  • Go All-Electric - City Light's electricity is mostly clean hydro and all carbon-neutral, making it an environmentally-friendly choice, unlike oil or natural gas.

Heat Pumps

Energy-efficient heat pumps are electric heating and cooling systems that can keep you comfortable at a fraction of the cost of standard systems. They have many benefits:

  • Lower heating costs by 25-50% compared to standard electric heating systems.
  • Improved air quality and health by using electricity with a net-zero carbon footprint and reducing the use of carbon-based fuels like natural gas
  • Ultra-quiet fans evenly circulate air, eliminating hot and cold spots in rooms.
  • Heat or cool individual rooms with each controlled by its own thermostat.
  • Built-in air conditioner included - keeping you cool on hot summer days.
  • Units are easy to control via wireless remote, making it quick and easy to adjust temperatures as needed.

Learn more about energy-efficient heat pumps or traditional heat pumps to see if this solution is right for you. Your contractor may be able to receive an instant discount depending on the model installed.

Not sure what type of heating or cooling system you need? Contact an Energy Advisor for guidance.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pump water heaters move heat from the surrounding air to the water tank instead of generating heat directly and are 2-3 times more energy-efficient than conventional water heaters.

Heat pump water heaters:

  • Are the most energy-efficient water heating systems on the market.
  • Save you energy and money using less energy which lowers your utility bill.
  • Provide you with smart programming options such as "vacation mode," saving energy while you're not at home while ensuring you have hot water when you return.
  • Help dehumidify damp spaces, such as your garage or basement, where they are often installed.

Discounts and Rebates

When your contractor purchases high-efficiency ductless heat pumps greater than 9.5 HSPF and traditional heat pumps greater than 9.0 HSPF, they can receive a $300 to $600 instant discount to help lower your project costs. Contractor instant discounts are available only through participating distributors. Do-it-yourself installations are not eligible for a heat pump rebate.

To get started with upgrading your heating and cooling system, contact a qualified installer. We recommend getting at least three bids to ensure you are receiving the best price. 

When your contractor purchases a qualified heat pump water heater with a Unified Energy Factor of 3.0 or greater, they can receive an instant discount up to $500 to help lower your project costs. Contractor discounts are available only through participating distributors

To get started with upgrading your old water heater, contact a qualified installer. We recommend getting at least three bids to ensure you are getting the best price.

If you choose to purchase and install yourself, you can apply for a $500 rebate from City Light. To qualify for a rebate:

  • Be able to confirm that you are replacing an existing electric water heater
  • Make sure the water heater you are purchasing is on the qualified list of models
  • Install your water heater in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications by using these Do-It-Yourself Tips
  • You must submit your rebate form with your retail invoice to City Light no later than 90 days from the date of purchase
  • Contractors are not eligible for this rebate but are able to receive instant discounts from participating wholesalers
  • Only one rebate per customer

If you are a Seattle resident with an oil furnace interested in converting to an electric heat pump, you may be eligible for an additional rebate from the Seattle Office of Environment and Sustainability.

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Income-eligible customers may qualify for a free heating and cooling system and insulation upgrades through the City of Seattle's HomeWise Program.

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If you need to finance your new heating and cooling system, you may qualify for a low-interest loan with convenient payment plans.

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