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Sunny Days Bring Home Improvement Projects

Credit: Energy Trust of Oregon

 

Summer is the perfect time to start tackling your household to-do list. From simple, DIY improvements to larger upgrades, there are projects of every scope and size that can help improve the energy efficiency of your home.

 

Low- and no-cost upgrades

  • Replace outdated lighting: ENERGY STAR® LEDs are up to 85 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and many retailers offer discounted pricing.
  • Reduce heating costs: Install a smart thermostat to reduce energy costs and keep your home comfortable. You can also get a $50 cash incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon when you purchase a qualifying model from Nest or ecobee.
  • Save water: Use the water-saving setting on your dishwasher, shorten showers with the help of a timer and turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving.

Do your windows need to be replaced?

Are your windows drafty, or hard to open and close? Do they have warped frames? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it may be time to upgrade to new, high-quality, energy-efficient windows. Energy Trust can connect you with trusted contractors who can install your new windows and help you apply for cash incentives.

Benefits of upgrading windows

Installing ENERGY STAR qualified high-efficiency windows can decrease drafts and air leaks, reduce condensation and increase your home’s value and curb appeal. Even better, energy-efficient windows pay for themselves over time through lower heating and cooling costs.

Addie Green, an Ashland resident, replaced many windows in her 1972 home after she got a Home Energy Review from Energy Trust. Along with additional insulation, sealed air leaks and sealed heating ducts, she’s saving an estimated $1,300 on heating and cooling costs each year.

Finding the right fit

Even the most energy-efficient window must be properly installed to ensure it works correctly. It's best to have a professional install your windows.

“Our trade ally contractors are trained in the latest energy-efficiency standards and can help you find the right products for your home,” says Katie Wallace, residential spokesperson, Energy Trust. “New windows aren’t just an aesthetic upgrade, they make a real difference in home comfort and savings.”

Cash incentives and discounted pricing

You may be eligible for cash incentives from Energy Trust for projects like window upgrades, as well as instant discounts on energy-saving items like LEDs and efficient showerheads at select retailers. Visit www.energytrust.org/homes for a complete list of incentives and more tips to help you save money and energy.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Their services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista save $3.2 billion on energy bills.

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