I want my DHP!
I want my DHP!

How the small town of Libby, Montana used energy efficiency to boost their local economy and save money on their electric bills.

Formula Fabrication, based in Libby, Montana - a small, struggling town - was on the verge of closing its doors a few years ago. With trainings offered by the region’s utilities and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) through the Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project, the company learned about the benefits of ductless heat pumps (DHPs).

DHPs allowed Formula Fabrication to offer customers a product that delivers more comfort than traditional heating systems and saves them 25 to 35 percent on heating bills through incentives offered by the local utility, Flathead Electric Cooperative. Business is now booming for the company and Libby residents are seeing returns on their bills with the energy saved.

How did they do this? NEEA, in collaboration with its utility and energy efficiency partners, has accelerated the market adoption of DHPs in Northwest homes that rely on electric resistance heating such as baseboards.

Through its Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project, NEEA and its partners have helped bring this technology to the region, spotlight a new business opportunity for the HVAC community, and provide consumer comfort and energy savings to the Northwest.

Beyond Libby and across the Northwest in the last three years, NEEA’s utility partners have installed more than 13,000 DHPs in the Northwest at a savings of 40,500,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) each year. That’s enough electricity to power 3,805 average homes each year.

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Key Players

Formula Fabrication - represented Karee Sweedman

Formula Fabrication is a Libby, Montana-based heating and cooling contractor that specializes in the installation, maintenance, and repairs of equipment such as gas and electric furnaces, high efficiency heat pumps and of course, ductless heat pumps.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - represented by Alexis Allan

More on NEEA: The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a non-profit organization working to maximize energy efficiency to meet our future energy needs. NEEA is supported by and works in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities on behalf 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

Flathead Electric - represented by David Bopp

More on Flathead Electric Cooperative, Inc.: Flathead Electric Cooperative, Inc., was established to bring electric service to rural areas of the Flathead Valley. Since 1937, it has grown from a small company serving a handful of rural homes and farms into the largest electric cooperative in Montana, with a mix of rural and urban residential, commercial, and industrial members.

Homeowners: Richard and Lea Kendall, residents of Libby, Montana

Author Bio

Bobby is former Solutions Stories and Media Manager with Climate Solutions. In that role, he worked to identify and engage new audiences for our programs and campaigns throughout the Northwest, with a focus on the Solutions Stories.

Bobby spent six years as the National Representative at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS), mobilizing support to restore the Columbia-Snake River Basin, a watershed home to some of the world’s best habitat for wild salmon and steelhead in a changing climate.

After receiving his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003, he advocated on behalf of working people and the environment. In addition to SOS, Bobby has worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 503) and America Coming Together, and volunteered for the Trout Unlimited, Elders in Action, and UNITE HERE.

Bobby hails from central Pennsylvania and has lived in Oregon since 1998. When he's not working, Bobby can be found with his partner Jenny and their cat Jove, playing music with friends, out and about on his bike, or working in the garden.

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