This is when you don’t want to be the biggest loser

The scoop

An energy assessment is a tool to help you identify how your home is using and losing energy. Odds are, your home is losing a lot more hard-earned energy than you might think. We say hard-earned because that is energy that we all begrudgingly pay for each month on our utility bills. The good news is that there are professionals out there who can help you make your home more efficient and comfortable.

After a series of diagnostic tests, an assessment will help you discover areas of improvement for your home and most importantly help you prioritize projects in a logical and systematic fashion. Just think of it as scheduling a house call from the doctor–this time, it’s literally for your house. While the contractor is at your house, don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to help you better understand both the assessment process.

After gathering more than 100 points of data, you can expect to receive a report and corresponding bid for any of the suggested improvements. Your home performance contractor will show you which improvements will give you the biggest bang for your buck. If you live in an older home this list might be extensive, but you can move at your own pace and budget. Your bid will also outline costs and utility rebates you might be eligible for. Not all homes and every proposed upgrade will be eligible for a rebate. It is also important to remember that rebates can change during the course of a year.

Your detailed report will also include information about your home’s indoor air quality, which can be a contributing factor to health issues you may not even be aware of. If you have leaky ducts that are not functioning properly, you and your family may be exposed to dust, mold, and mildew that can affect your respiratory health. You’ll also learn if gas leaks or carbon monoxide are issues because of leaky pipes or malfunctioning appliances.

With all this information in hand, you will be able to make educated decisions about home improvements so that you can make the best decisions for your family’s comfort and health.

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Let’s talk about the money

If you get natural gas and/or electricity from Cascade Natural Gas and Pacific Power you will be tapping into the Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives. If you are a Central Electric Coop (CEC) customer and heat with gas, then the Energy Trust incentives below apply to you.If you are a CEC customer and heat your home with electricity, your incentives come from CEC (see next section).

Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives

These incentives are available for homes that are heated with natural gas from Cascade Natural gas or electricity from Pacific Power.

 Water Heater
Insulation
Heat Pumps
  • Professional install: Energy Trust trade allies offer instant incentives on efficient gas and electric models. Ask your installer about your efficient options. 
  • Retail: Instant incentives are reflected in discounted prices at participating locations
  • Additional Savings within Reach incentive of $600 available for homes for single household max income of $54,240. Find the full income guidelines on the ETO website.

 

 

 

 

  • Ducted: $250 – $700
  • Ductless: $800 per residence, for homes replacing electric resistance heat
  • Additional Savings within Reach incentives available for homes for single household max income of $54,240. Find the full income guidelines and incentives on the ETO website.

 

 

 

 

Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace Smart Thermostats Windows
  • $150 – $250 for fireplaces with electronic pilot ignition. Must also be vented to the outside with sealed combustion.

 

 

  • $50 for Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat E, or ecobee3. You must be able to connect to the internet with a Wi-Fi network and figure the thermostat to your home’s location.
  • $4 per square foot of windows installed, U-Value 0.27 or less
  • ·$1.75 per square foot of windows installed, U-Value 0.28–0.30

 

 

Check here for more qualifying incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon. 

Central Electric Coop cash incentives

These rebates are available for homes that are electrically heated and served Central Electric Coop and are built before 1992.  Projects need to be approved prior to beginning work.

Windows & Doors Insulation Heat Pumps
  • $ 3.00 per square foot of window area to replace wood, or metal, framed windows.
  • $40.00 per pre-hung Energy Star qualified door to replace un-insulated exterior doors.
  • $ 0.30 per square foot of ceiling insulated.
  • $ 0.45 per square foot of floor insulated.
  • $ 0.50 per square foot of wall insulated.
  • Ducted: $250 – $1,850 depending on the efficiency of the heat pump for new and existing homes. 
  • Ductless$800 when replacing electric resistance heat. 

 

Air Sealing
Duct Sealing & Repair
Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • $ amount varies by residence for air sealing.
  • $250.00 per heating system for duct sealing.
  • $500 for Tier 2 & 3 (these are the most common). 
  • $300 for Tier 1. 
For additional rebates and instructions on how to apply for incentives please visit the Central Electric Cooperative website.

 


Getting started

You can start to get a picture of your home’s potential to save energy by using online tools such as this home energy review from Energy Trust of Oregon. The review will take less than 5 minutes and will give you some suggestions on opportunities to save energy.

If you’re ready to really dig in and get a more customized list of energy saving opportunities, sign up to get an energy assessment from one of our local certified contractors here in Central Oregon. There will be a cost associated with your assessment as your contractor will put in more than 5 hours of work to deliver a customized report, however, if you move forward with work, this fee will be deducted from your project cost. Wondering if it’s worth it–check out the top 6 reasons to get an energy assessment right now.

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Meet our local home performance contractors

Green Savers

Green Savers Home Performance Contractors

We are home performance contractors. We do the kind of improvements that make your house more comfortable, more energy efficient, and healthier to live in. We do heating, cooling weatherization, window, insulation, and even solar! These upgrades also increase the value of your home, and reduce your carbon footprint. Our whole-house approach starts with an extensive home energy audit. GreenSavers looks at four areas of your home’s performance: doors and windows, energy usage systems, insulation integrity, and indoor air quality. And when the work is done, GreenSavers takes care of all the forms that need to filled out and submitted, making sure you receive all of the rebates, savings and tax credits you’re qualified for as the homeowner.

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