We’ve been working with local residents over the last two and a half years to help them save money on energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. This year, The Energy Challenge is extending a key ductless heat program to rental and multifamily housing markets.

“While the name doesn’t lend itself to rousing a lot of excitement, the technology is quite spectacular,” said Lindsey Hardy, Program Director of The Energy Challenge. “They are super-efficient and so easy to install that they’re a no-brainer for an upgrade from any other kind of electric heating.”

New this year, The Energy Challenge is working with local contractors to introduce the technology to more multifamily properties with older, inefficient heating systems. Many successful projects have recently been completed around Bend, and building owners and tenants have been very happy with the results.

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Calling all Energy Heroes in Redmond and Bend! 



You may have heard that we have some very exciting news for 2017 –we have our expanded our free LED light bulb installation program to serve Redmond and Tumalo!

We have already reached 2,400 homes in Bend and our goal is to reach another 600 homes in the next 6 months. To put that in perspective, that would help save another ~$60,000 annually in energy costs.

To reach 600 homes, we need 600 people to sign up for LEDs. That’s A LOT of people. Right now, our biggest obstacle is getting the word out and getting people to sign up. If our costs get too high to market this program, we may not be able to sustain it.

This is where YOU can play a vital role in helping people save energy—letting them know that this amazing opportunity exists. 

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green-impact-campaignThe Bend Energy Challenge team is partnering with the Green Impact Campaign to bring free energy assessments to small businesses as part of the national Kilowatt Smackdown competition. Twenty COCC and OSU-Cascades students have signed up to put their knowledge to use by performing these assessments.

The Green Impact Campaign’s Kilowatt Smackdown is a nationwide competition where students compete against one another to complete the most energy assessments at businesses in their community. Students gain skills, earn prizes, and help local businesses save energy. The competition runs October 2 – November 23.

“Small business can cut their energy consumption by 15-20% through simple, low-cost energy-efficiency upgrades,” says Kim McClain, project coordinator for the Bend Energy Challenge.

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Franklin underpass LEDs

As a pilot project, the City of Bend replaced approximately 20 existing light fixtures with LED lights at the Franklin Avenue and Greenwood Avenue underpasses during the week of Sept. 19, 2016. The City is working to reduce energy use and LED lights represent a more energy-efficient lighting source.

With LED lights, the City is able to provide brighter lights in the underpasses – where security and visibility are concerns – and use less wattage. Also, the City is always looking to use resources efficiently and LED lights have shown to provide significant operations and maintenance cost savings over time. The old, high-pressure sodium lights required bulb changes about every two to three years. The new LED lights are expected to require zero maintenance for 15 or more years.

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Site # 4 – 1639 NW Scott Henry Place, Bend

This model home in the Saginaw Sunset subdivision is the first of what will be a 20-home development of high-performance custom homes. 19 more lots, set amid native ponderosa pines, await a transformation to an efficient custom home just for you! Come see the first home of this beautiful subdivision just off of College Way.

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Alcove Construction Interior


Site # 5 – 1696 SW Knoll Ave, Bend

This modern home was inspired by the “Jetson’s Apartment.” Features include staggered stud, leaning exterior walls for style as well as added, formaldehyde-free insulation.

This house passively harnesses the sun’s energy through southern windows, large overhangs, and daylighting provided by four big skylights. The Exterior tower is reflective on the inside, with skylights open from the 3rd floor down to the 2nd story – flooding the home with natural light.

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