Accessory Dwelling Units – A Backyard Revolution
This isn’t going to be a deep-dive into Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs–sometimes known as Mother-in-law suites or granny flats). We’ll save that for a series of future posts. To get started, we’re not the experts, so we’re going to point you to a few resources from an expert that can help you get started–listed below started with the easiest.
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Get a solar assessment
The first thing you should do is find out if your home is a good fit for solar. The best part? It’s free!
Below, you will find a list of a few of the things they will looking for up on your roof to make sure your home is a good fit for solar.
The Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) recognized Bend this week for exceptional performance in a national competition to reduce energy use and win a $5 million prize. Bend ranked 17th out of 49 small- to medium-sized communities in the competition.
Excellent motivation to jump on your energy-saving to do list before the end of the year
Almost forty years ago Oregon was a leader in the energy efficiency movement when the state created the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program. The Oregon Department of Energy has overseen this program with the intention of encouraging Oregon residents to adopt more energy efficient devices from appliances to heating systems to solar panels.
The RETC covers 25 different products but there are a few in particular that we have our eye on because of their potential to save large amounts of energy and their excellent return on investment. Here’s a rundown of a few products that will be affected and how you can get a project started before the tax credits expire.
NW modern design in the heart of NWC
Good looks. Smart design. Open floor plans. Light-filled spaces. It’s everything a home needs to be. Welcome to the Range Apartments in the heart of Northwest Crossing.
A Creative Path To Zero Energy for Two Small Homes
The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on this property is a powerhouse. Literally. The solar panels on the roof of this small one bed, one bath ADU, produce a “net positive” amount of energy. This means that it at the end of the year, this home nets a positive amount of energy and even nets enough energy to power the main house.
Conversations about indoor air quality have long been part of building an energy efficient home. Now, increasing concerns about mold, radon, carbon monoxide, other allergens, and wildfire smoke are driving more attention to indoor air quality.
One way to improve indoor air quality is to build an airtight shell which will reduce how outside contaminants enter your home. This is a must when building an efficient home and ensures all the cracks and crevices for outside air, or even pests, to get into your home are sealed up.
Energy Performance Score (EPS) from Energy Trust of Oregon can help you find the perfect home.
Experience the beauty of energy efficiency at this year’s Central Oregon Green Tour. You’ll find homes built for quality, comfort and efficiency, with an EPS™ to prove it. EPS, brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, is an energy performance scoring system that gives you an inside look at the energy impact of a newly built home and how much it costs to operate.
Over the past 21 months, The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon has installed 50,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, but cumulatively these bulbs are will save Central Oregon residents over $9.8 Million.
The Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program is off to a strong start! Since the launch of this program with Smolich Nissan on May 1st, 20 new electric vehicles have hit the road! We caught up with Joette and Gene, who were some of the first through the doors to purchase an EV.