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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 20, 2011

Contact: Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation Manager
360.337.5670 or

No: 2011-072


Free energy assessments available for local farmers, processors and distributors

(Port Orchard, WA)  If you are a farmer, processor, distributor, or other Kitsap County-based member of the food chain system, you can apply for a FREE energy audit from the Kitsap County Food Chain program. The county has contracted with trained staff from EnSave, Inc. and the Kitsap Conservation District to review existing operations, equipment and energy bills. They will also suggest specific, cost-effective, energy efficient improvements to reduce operational costs and enhance the efficiency of any planned expansions.
If you participate in an energy audit, you will receive a list of recommended energy upgrades that can be implemented at your business. You will also receive information about incentives to help pay for the recommended upgrades and opportunities to utilize renewable energy. Typical energy efficiency opportunities in local food chain operations include:

  • Upgrading freezers, refrigerators and appliances to
    ENERGY STAR models

  • Retrofitting T12 fluorescent tube lights with T8 lights and fixtures

  • Insulating wellheads and hot water heaters

  • Upgrading heating systems

  • Adding insulation and weatherizing conditioned spaces

The following food chain organizations are eligible to apply for a free energy audit from the Kitsap County Food Chain program:

  • Producers: livestock, crop, nurseries

  • Processors: commercial kitchens, breweries, wineries

  • Distributors: restaurants, farmers markets, stores

  • Access: food banks, schools

  • Waste: composting, recycling facilities

A limited number of free energy audits are available and will take place in the fall of 2011 through spring 2012. Interested parties must submit applications to Kitsap County by October 6, 2011. Kitsap County will also offer a one-time grant round in the spring of 2012 to help energy audit recipients implement the recommended energy upgrades. Additional information on this grant program will be available in late 2011.

Kitsap County is using federal stimulus funds to support this program which is designed to reduce energy demand, fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with food chain activities, and create green jobs. Kitsap County was awarded $2.229 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Energy in December 2009. EECBG program funding was appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

To download the application form and learn more about this program, please click here.

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