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NW Ductless Heat Pump Project announces 2013 Contractor of the Year Award Winners

Honored contractors have provided exemplary service as they introduce customers to the comfort and value of ductless heating and cooling systems

PORTLAND, Ore., May 9, 2013 – The NW Ductless Heat Pump Project today announced its “Contractor of the Year” awards to partners that have demonstrated exemplary performance in quality installations, customer service, and consumer marketing and education surrounding ductless heating and cooling systems. The Project is an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and partner utilities to help eligible homeowners in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana cover the cost of installing high-efficiency ductless technology in their homes.

Winners of the 2013 Contractor of the Year Award are:

  • Hendrix Heating and Air Conditioning based in Corvallis, Ore.
  • Metfab based in Vancouver, Wash.
  • Formula Fabrication based in Libby, Mont.
  • A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning based in Meridian, Idaho

Airworks, located in Kalispell, Mont., is receiving an additional award recognizing excellence in customer marketing. The company’s integrated marketing efforts in the Flathead Valley region are honored for being both comprehensive and extremely effective at educating homeowners about the benefits of installing a ductless heating and cooling system to deliver increased comfort and decreased energy bills in their homes.

High-efficiency ductless systems offer a compelling opportunity for homeowners and heating and cooling contractors alike.

Ductless technology is an easy-to-install primary heating and cooling system that makes homes more comfortable, providing even temperatures from room-to-room. Ductless systems are safe and quiet and, because they’re more efficient, use 25 to 50 percent less energy than electric resistance and forced air systems, saving money for years to come. At a time when homeowners are watching every penny, contractors have found a steady stream of business when introducing customers to the many benefits of ductless technology.

Since 2008, the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project, in partnership with Northwest utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Trust of Oregon, has worked with local contracting businesses in the Northwest to install more than 18,000 ductless heating and cooling systems in the region at a savings of more than 63,000,000 kWh per year. That is enough electricity to power 5,700 average homes for an entire year.

“We are proud to partner with all of our contractor colleagues who are truly the engine behind the Project’s success,” said Ty Stober, initiative manager for NEEA. “The contractors we are recognizing provide exemplary service to their customers through high-quality installations; they are delivering comfort and value to homeowners by introducing them to this efficient technology.”

More than 90 utility partners in the four-state region are currently offering customer rebates of up to $1,500 on energy-efficient ductless systems, often covering 25 to 50 percent of the cost of an installed ductless system.

Visit to discover more about ductless heating and cooling systems, and identify available incentives and qualified contractors.

About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

A non-profit organization working to maximize energy efficiency to meet our future energy needs, NEEA is supported by and works in partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities for the benefit of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA uses the market power of the region to accelerate the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 568,400 homes each year. Energy efficiency can satisfy more than half of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. For more information, visit

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