PORTLAND, Ore. — July 11, 2017 — Have you ever wanted to control your home’s temperature from your phone or computer? When purchasing a smart thermostat, you may qualify for an Energy Trust of Oregon $50 cash incentive. Energy Trust is now adding ecobee4 to its list of qualifying thermostats — along with ecobee3 and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Installing a smart thermostat can help reduce energy costs and keep homes comfortable year-round. Smart thermostats use sensors to tell when you or your family members are away and can learn your daily schedule. Some models use local weather information to make automatic energy-saving temperature changes. Most homeowners can expect to save $35 to $45 on their energy bills every year.

“With a smart thermostat, you can save energy, save money and enjoy a more comfortable home,” said Katie Wallace, residential spokesperson, Energy Trust. “We want to help more Oregon homeowners benefit from this technology.”

Owners of single-family and manufactured homes are eligible if they live in Oregon and heat their homes with electricity or natural gas provided by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista. Homeowners in Washington who heat their homes with gas provided by NW Natural are also eligible.

For more information, go to www.energytrust.org/thermostat.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista save $2.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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Energy Trust of Oregon is now seeking proposals from qualified organizations interested in and capable of providing residential program management services and/or program delivery for specific residential market-focused program offerings. It is Energy Trust board policy and national best practice to periodically put contracts out to bid with the objective of delivering effective services and high value for utility customers.

An informational pre-solicitation webinar will be held on March 30, 2017, intent to respond forms are due April 7, 2017, and proposal submissions are due May 8, 2017. The full request for proposals (RFP) is available for download here, including the submittal process, schedule and deadlines.

The RFP follows a decision to consolidate Energy Trust’s three residential programs—Existing Homes, New Homes and Products—into a single residential program. In addition to seeking one organization to manage the residential program, Energy Trust will also consider proposals to deliver specific market-focused program offerings that support market adoption of efficient lighting and newly constructed homes.

Work under the new residential program management contract will begin January 1, 2018. Energy Trust will negotiate with the selected contractor for a two-year contract with three optional one-year extensions. All questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Kate Hawley, senior project manager, at kate.hawley@energytrust.org.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista save $2.3 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 3, 2017 — Energy Trust of Oregon plans to release a Request for Proposals for program management of its residential program and delivery of specific market-focused program offerings. It is Energy Trust board policy and national best practice to periodically put contracts out to bid with the objective of delivering effective services and high value for utility customers.

Energy Trust will release the Request for Proposals, RFP, on March 24, 2017, with proposals due to Energy Trust on May 8, 2017. Work under the new program management contract will begin on January 1, 2018. Energy Trust will negotiate with the selected contractor for a two-year contract with three optional one-year extensions.

The RFP follows a decision to consolidate Energy Trust’s three current residential programs — Existing Homes, New Homes and Products — into a single residential program serving all customers and delivered by one program management contractor (PMC). Energy Trust serves all residential customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista in Oregon and NW Natural in Washington.

In addition to seeking one PMC to manage the residential program, Energy Trust will also consider proposals to deliver specific market-focused program offerings, including to support market adoption of efficient lighting and newly constructed homes.

Through Energy Trust, residential customers have access to a range of cash incentives and expertise for making energy-efficiency improvements in their homes. In 2017, Energy Trust incentives for these customers are budgeted at approximately $30 million. Energy Trust’s energy savings goals for the residential program total 14.8 average megawatts of electricity and more than 3 million therms of natural gas. In 2016, Energy Trust saved 18.1 average megawatts and 2.7 million annual therms by helping residential customers make improvements at more than 74,000 homes. Home builders received technical and financial assistance to construct 4,200 energy-efficient EPS™ homes, while shoppers gained access to more lighting choices at retail stores and purchased almost 3.8 million reduced-price LEDs with assistance from Energy Trust. For more information about the current residential offerings, visit www.energytrust.org/homes.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista save $2.3 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista save $2.3 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 16, 2016 — This winter, Oregonians can lower their energy bills by making the switch to energy-efficient LED lighting. Energy Trust of Oregon offers an online tool that makes choosing which LED bulbs to buy easier than ever.

To help consumers navigate the lighting aisle more easily, Energy Trust’s online tool guides consumers to find the right bulb for their needs. Whether at home or in the store, consumers can go to www.energytrust.org/lightbulb to access the tool on their computer, tablet or phone.

The interactive tool helps consumers pick the right ENERGY STAR® LED for each room in their home. From pendant lights to bathroom vanities, the tool recommends the right bulb shape and lumens, a measure of brightness, to fit any fixture.

Residents can replace their outdated incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs to save energy and money all year long. Because lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of a home’s electricity use, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs can be one of the most effective energy improvements for the home. One LED can use up to 85 percent less energy than a standard bulb and save up to $80 over its lifetime.

Energy-efficient LEDs are available at discount prices at local retailers throughout the state. Discounts are provided by Energy Trust and are automatically included in the price, so shoppers do not need a coupon.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save $2.3 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

PORTLAND, Ore. — August, 10, 2016 — As of this month, more than 10,000 homes have now been rated with EPSTM, an energy performance rating tool developed by Energy Trust of Oregon. The rating is only given to homes built at least 10 percent better than Oregon’s energy code and provides an easy way for homebuyers to assess a home’s energy performance, including estimated energy costs and carbon footprint.

Energy Trust launched EPS to help homebuyers see the behind-the-walls features that improve a home’s energy performance and factor energy efficiency into their search for a house. The number of EPS-rated homes has increased every year, from 300 EPS-rated homes built in 2009 to more than 2,500 homes built in 2015.

Many factors contribute to a home’s EPS, including the level of insulation and the efficiency of heating and cooling systems, appliances and lighting. Third-party verifiers inspect all homes, confirm proper installation of the energy-efficient features and use energy modeling software to provide a numerical score. Scores range from zero to 200, with zero being the most efficient. The average EPS home is built 20 percent above code and saves homebuyers $500 a year in energy costs compared to similar sized homes.

“In this housing market where costs continue to rise, homebuyers can be confident that an EPS-rated home will be comfortable, durable and will help save money on utility bills,” said Lizzie Rubado, program strategies manager at Energy Trust.

The large and growing number of EPS homes demonstrates how Oregon home builders have embraced efficient homes, including developer Legend Homes.

“In a home that we want to be serving its occupants well a hundred years from now, we think it is important that we get the systems behind the walls correct,” said Mike Goodrich, vice president at Legend Homes. “EPS allows us to work with our Energy Trust consultants to design efficient systems and homes, verify those systems are installed properly during construction and then physically test each home to see how the installed systems perform.”

“EPS, for the first time in Oregon, gives homeowners a reliable gauge with which they can compare the anticipated performance of a home they intend to purchase with other homes on the market,” Goodrich said.

To learn more about the features of newly built EPS homes, or to find an EPS-rated home you can tour, visit www.energytrust.org/smarthomebuyer.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save $2.3 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 2, 2015 —Oregonians rely more on light bulbs to keep homes cozy and bright during the dark days and long nights of winter. Residents can replace their outdated incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting to save energy and money all season long, and Energy Trust of Oregon can help light the way to lower utility bills with a new online lighting tool.

In order to help customers navigate the lighting aisle more easily, Energy Trust designed an online tool to help customers buy the right bulbs for their fixtures. Whether at home or in the store, consumers can go to www.energytrust.org/lightbulb.

The interactive tool helps consumers pick the right ENERGY STAR® LED or compact fluorescent light bulb, CFL, for all of the rooms in their home. From pendant lights to bathroom vanities, the tool recommends the right bulb shape and lumens, a measure of brightness, to fit any fixture.

“New LEDs can illuminate your home with the same warm light as traditional lighting, while using less than a quarter of the energy,” said Lizzie Rubado, senior project manager, Energy Trust. “Shorter days are right around the corner, and LED lighting is steadily becoming more affordable, so this is a great time to make the switch and start saving money.”

Because lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of a home’s electricity use, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs can be one of the most effective energy improvements for the home. One LED can use up to 85 percent less energy than a standard bulb and save up to $80 over its lifetime.

Energy-efficient LEDs and CFLs are available at discount prices at local retailers. Discounts are provided by Energy Trust and are automatically included in the shelf price, so shoppers do not need a coupon.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save $1.9 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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