Summer is the perfect time to start tackling your household to-do list. From simple DIY improvements to larger upgrades, there are projects that can help improve the energy efficiency of your home. As an illustration, here are a few pointers from Energy Trust of Oregon.
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- Replace outdated lighting: ENERGY STAR® LEDs are up to 85 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and many retailers offer discounted pricing.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. 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. As well as help you apply for cash incentives. Installing ENERGY STAR qualified high-efficiency windows can decrease drafts and air leaks reduce. In addition, new windows will reduce condensation and increase your home’s value and curb appeal. In fact, better energy-efficient windows pay for themselves over time through lower heating and cooling costs.
Finding the right fit
Even the most energy efficient window must be properly installed to ensure it works correctly. For this reason, it’s best to have a professional install your windows.
Cash incentives and discounted pricing from Energy Trust of Oregon
Incentives are available for window upgrades and offer 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 customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Their services cash incentives and energy solutions have helped customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power NW, Natural Cascade, Natural Gas and Avista save $3.2 billion on energy bills.