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Landlords & Property Managers of Single-Family Homes

Keep tenants comfortable and maintenance costs low

Energy efficiency is a proven way to save money and boost the appeal of your single-family rental property. Energy-saving upgrades can lower maintenance costs for older, failing equipment, increase tenant comfort and retention, and improve your ability to quickly fill vacant properties. Work with a qualified Energy Trust trade ally contractor on eligible projects and receive increased incentives as a discount on your invoice.

The following incentives are available for single-family and manufactured home rental properties unless otherwise stated. If you own a multifamily rental property in Oregon, visit our Multifamily page to view cash incentives.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    If you live in Oregon, you must heat your rental property with electricity or natural gas provided by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista.

    If you live in Washington, you must heat your rental property with natural gas provided by NW Natural.

    Please see the Details tab for additional requirements.

  2. Select an Energy Trust trade ally contractor trained to provide Instant Incentives.

    To receive an Energy Trust cash incentive, contact a qualified Energy Trust trade ally contractor.

  3. After installation, your contractor will submit your signed incentive application.

    Your contractor will deduct your incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket expenses. You are responsible for paying the balance of the invoice. Your contractor will then submit all required paperwork to Energy Trust on your behalf, and Energy Trust will reimburse your contractor directly for these incentives.

Oregon

The following incentives are available for single-family and manufactured home rental properties unless otherwise stated. Energy Trust offers different incentives for multifamily rental properties.

Energy Improvement Incentive Requirements
Ductless heat pump promotion through September 30, 2020 $1,750-$2,000 per residential structure

HSPF 9.0 or greater. Compressor must be inverter driven. Incentive only available for homes replacing electric resistance heat or electric furnace as primary heat source of home. One incentive available per residential structure.

Work with one of our participating trade allies and the incentive will be paid directly to your contractor who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket costs to $2,500 or less.

Eligible property types include: detached single-family, attached side-by-side units and duplex, triplex, and fourplex properties. Manufactured homes are not eligible for this promotion.

Ductless heat pump $1,000 or more per residential structure

HSPF 9.0 or greater. Compressor must be inverter driven. Incentive only available for homes replacing electric resistance heat or electric furnace as primary heat source of home. One incentive available per single-family residential structure.

Ducted heat pump $1,000

HSPF of 8.5 or greater. Must replace electric resistance heat (baseboard, wall heaters, electric furnace) as primary heat source. Additional incentives are also available for installing new heat pump controls.

Extended capacity heat pump $1,650

Must replace electric resistance heat (e.g., baseboards, wall heaters, etc.) as home’s primary heating source.

Unit must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualifying products.

Controls must be set with an auxiliary heat lockout setting when available.

Heat pump cannot have a backup gas heating system.

Cannot be combined with other Energy Trust heat pump or controls incentives.

Gas furnace $550

90% AFUE or greater. Must be home’s primary heat source. A CO monitor is required on every floor with a bedroom.

Heat pump water heater $270

Eligible models must meet Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Advanced Water Hear Specification Tier 3 and replace an existing electric water heater to qualify.

Smart thermostat $100

Smart thermostat model must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualified products, be connected to the internet through your Wi-Fi network and configured with your home’s location. Home must be primarily heated by an electric forced-air furnace, gas forced-air furnace or ducted heat pump.

Attic insulation $0.50 per square foot

If existing condition is R-11 or less, insulate to R-38. Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Wall insulation $0.50 per square foot

Exterior wall insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-11 or fill wall cavity; all heated exterior wall surfaces must be insulated. Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Knee wall insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 for 2×4 cavities; R-21 for 2×6 cavities; cover attic side of wall with vapor permeable air barrier. Please note: Attic insulation must be R-19 or higher in order for knee wall insulation to be eligible for an incentive.

Rim joist insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 or fill cavity.

Floor insulation $0.40 per square foot

If existing condition is R-0, insulate to R-30 or fill cavity.

Washington

The following incentives are available for detached single-family, manufactured homes, attached side-by-side units, and duplex, triplex, and fourplex rental properties in Washington. Energy Trust offers different incentives for larger multifamily rental properties.

Incentive amount listed below includes 2020 bonus. To qualify, installation must be completed between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Customers are eligible to receive bonus incentives if installed by an Energy Trust trade ally contractor or actively licensed plumber. Find an Energy Trust trade ally contractor.

Energy Improvement Incentive Requirements
Gas furnace $550

90% AFUE or greater. Must be home’s primary heat source. A CO monitor is required on every floor with a bedroom.

Gas tankless water heater $200 $400

Energy factor, UEF, must be 0.81 or greater.

Smart thermostat $100

Smart thermostat model must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualified products, be connected to the internet through your Wi-Fi network and configured with your home’s location. Home must be primarily heated by a gas forced-air furnace.

Attic insulation $0.60 $0.75 per square foot

Home must be heated by gas. If existing condition is R-11 or less, insulate to R-38. Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Wall insulation $0.60 $0.75 per square foot

Home must be heated by gas. If R-4 or less, insulate to R-11 or fill cavity. Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Knee wall insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 for 2×4 cavities; R-21 for 2×6 cavities; cover attic side of wall with vapor-permeable air barrier.

Rim joist insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 or fill cavity.

Floor insulation $0.60 $0.75 per square foot

Home must be heated by gas. If R-0, insulate to R-30 or fill cavity.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change. Incentives are not intended to influence consumer decisions on fuel sources.

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