Coming Soon to Southern California: Rolling Blackouts

Every summer has its own story. For residents of Southern California, this summer’s story is going to include a chapter about rolling blackouts. The L.A. Times wrote the prequel earlier this month. To summarize, the natural gas leak this winter at the Aliso Canyon Underground Storage Facility has left Southern California short on natural gas, which means that, come summer, the region’s utilities could be unable to generate enough electricity to meet demand. To prevent the entire grid from, power managers will institute rolling blackouts by cutting electricity to certain individual sectors of the grid at moments of peak demand.

To many, the possibility of a blackout seems quaint. Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional candlelit dinner? And what parent doesn’t wish their kids would watch less television? The reality of blackouts, however, is deadly serious. Electricity provides us with more than just entertainment. We depend on it to, among other things, refrigerate our food, power hospital equipment, and illuminate traffic signals. We hardly notice it when it’s there, but without electricity are lives are much less safe.

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Check Out this Great Video

As you may have heard, we are currently running a promotion offering rebates to customers who send us a video of themselves installing or operating their fan. You can read more about that promotion here, but you should also check out this video that was recently submitted by one of our customers—we’re really excited to share it because it was so well done.

And the video wasn’t the only thing well done. We often field questions as to how our fans’ dampers can be installed in a vertical orientation, or how to organize the installation in an attic with low clearance. This customer did a great job of both. Also, you’ll notice that this customer used many of our fans’ available accessories: the Openable, Washable Grille; an Acoustic Plenum; Wireless Remote; SafeSpeed Kit; and our Data Monitoring Package.

While we can’t identify them here, we’d like to thank our customer for sending us that great video. We’re looking forward to sharing more as the promotion continues.

Send Us Your Videos, Get a Rebate!

movie-camera-and-film-clipart-rg_1_24_camera_icon_estilizado_scalable_vector_graphics_svg-2555pxWhen we’re designing our whole house fans, we here at AirScape endeavor to make them as easy as possible to install. Over the years, this effort has led us to create damper boxes that fit easily on 16″ or 24″ on-center framing, “plug & play” controls that use  low-voltage CAT-5 wiring, and a new latching mechanism for attaching ductwork to our new 5.0e. Our goal is simple: we want do-it-yourselfers to feel confident in installing AirScape fans themselves.

We often hear back from customers once they’ve finished installing their fans. Customers with unique installations often want to share their experience, and many customers simply want to share their pride in their own installation and excitement about our fans. We loving hearing back and getting feedback (both good and bad) from our customers. We’d love our customers to share more—we’d even like to offer a rebate to those who do.

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Rebate: Boulder County, CO

We’ve found a new rebate available for the good people in Boulder County, CO. The EnergySmart program is now offering up to $500 for a Whole House Fan installation. $500! So what’s the catch? The rebate is for homes with an existing AC system and the installation must be completed by a contractor in the EnergySmart program. Check out the program details here.

If you’re not in  Boulder County, CO many other municipalities and utilities offer WHF rebates. Take a look at our blog covering the full list of rebates we have found so far:

                                            http://blog.airscapefans.com/archives/new-whf-rebates

New Rebates!

We are excited to find that a few utility companies outside of California are now offering rebates for whole house fans. It’s nice to see some forward thinking by these companies. After all, energy savings can come from more than just replacing appliances or installing new windows.


Fort Collins Utility in Colorado is now offering a $250 rebate for the installation of a whole house fan

Pennsylvania is the first East Coast state with utilities offering rebates on whole house fans. PECO and Duquesne Light offer $90 and $130 rebates respectively

If you are a builder in Utah you can receive a $200 rebate on a WHF from Rocky Mountain Power when building a new energy efficient home

The table below lists all of the rebates that we are aware of for whole house fans and solar attic fans (your solar attic fan already qualifies for a 30% federal tax credit). Please refer to the utility rebate website for specific details on qualifications, $$$, and application forms.

STATE UTILITY WHF* SAF*
CA LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER $200
CA LODI ELECTRIC UTILITY $100 $40
CA RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES $200
CA SILICON VALLEY POWER $200 $100
CA GLENDALE WATER & POWER $100-$125
CA BURBANK WATER & POWER $50-$100 $200
CA ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES $100 $30
CA PASADENA WATER & POWER $100
CA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON $50
CA SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC $50
CA REDDING ELECTRIC UTILITY $150
CA TURLOCK IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER & POWER $75
CA SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT $100
CA MODESTO IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER & POWER $100 $50-$100
CO BOULDER COUNTY $500
CO FORT COLLINS UTILITIES $250
PA DUQUESNE LIGHT $130
PA PECO $90
TX GUADALUPE VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE $50
UT ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER $200
*Please refer to utility for rebate details