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Free Instant Savings Upgrades

Energy Trust can provide and install energy-efficient devices in multifamily dwelling units all free of charge for qualified properties. These simple upgrades can help reduce energy consumption and regulate expenses for both owners and residents.

To find out if you qualify and schedule installation of these free, energy-efficient upgrades call us at 1.877.510.2130 or send us an email.

LED Bulbs

Use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 15 times longer depending on usage. LEDs also produce pleasing, natural-looking light.

Showerheads and Faucet Aerators

Use up to 20 percent less water compared to standard fixtures and save water-heating energy without impacting water pressure.

Advanced Power Strips

Can reduce energy waste by not providing power to secondary devices when the primary device is turned off.

Is this service really free?

Yes. This service is available at no cost to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista. Learn more about participating utilities here.

What building types are eligible for this service?

The following multifamily building types are eligible to receive free instant savings upgrades:

  • Attached residences, such as duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes
  • Side-by-side units with no residences above or below, such as a townhome
  • Stacked structures with five or more dwelling units, such as an apartment or condominium building with two or more stories
  • Campus living, such as dormitories and sorority and fraternity housing
  • Assisted living properties
  • Common areas managed by homeowner associations, such as clubhouses and neighborhood lighting

I own a condo unit. Am I eligible?

Yes. Click here for more information.

What will you be installing?

Dwelling units may receive:

  • LED Bulbs
    • Energy-efficient LEDs will replace standard incandescent bulbs. This includes tenant’s personal lamps and tenant-controlled outdoor lights. This does not include specialty bulbs or lighting in low-use areas such as closets. Common areas may also receive LEDs.
  • Showerheads and Shower Wands
    • Pressure-compensated devices that use less water without affecting water pressure will replace showerheads and shower wands that use more than 1.5 gallons per minute.
  • Faucet Aerators
    • Energy-efficient aerators will replace kitchen faucet aerators that use 2.0 gallons per minute or more and bathroom faucet aerators that use 1.5 gallons per minute or more.
  • Advanced Power Strips
    • One advanced power strip per television will be left in each unit. These power strips regulate energy consumption by shutting off power to devices not in use.

Do you replace compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)?

No, CFLs are already considered an energy-efficient lighting option.

Are residents notified that these upgrades are being installed?

Yes, we provide property management with a pre-installation letter at least 24 hours in advance to post on resident doors.

Who enters the units?

A representative from your property will escort Energy Trust field technicians into individual units where we will install these upgrades. Our field technicians do not handle any of the keys to a unit and are accompanied at all times.

How long does the installation take?

The average installation time in each unit is five to ten minutes.

How many units can your team serve in a day?

We can serve up to 100 units in a day.

Do you work on weekends?

No, our installation hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We can work around your schedule to find a time that works best for you.

Can residents opt out of receiving these upgrades?

Yes, the pre-installation letter provides the option for each resident to opt out of the service.

Do you remove anything from the unit when you install these upgrades?

No. We do not remove any items from the unit. Our field technicians will leave any replaced items in a central location in each unit, or in a container provided by property management for removal from the unit.

Will I need to provide any tools or equipment for you to use?

No, our field technicians will bring everything they need for the installation process.

Can you give me these items to install on my own?

No, our field technicians must install all equipment personally to verify that they have been installed correctly.

What are the benefits of installing these upgrades at my property?

Lower energy use and reduced operating costs are the biggest benefits to your property.

  • LED bulbs use 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 15 times longer than standard bulbs, depending on daily use.
  • Energy-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators use up to 20 percent less water compared to standard fixtures and save energy without impacting water pressure.

In addition to the savings benefits, the longer lasting energy-efficient equipment means that on-site maintenance teams will have more time to tackle more pressing site issues instead of dealing with minor tasks like replacing bulbs.

How much money can my property save by installing these upgrades?

The total amount of savings varies by property size, however one of our program representatives can come out to your property and conduct a free walkthrough survey to identify potential savings estimates and additional opportunities for savings.

How do I get started?

Call us at 1.877.510.2130 or send us an email.

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Efficiency Minute: Instant Savings Upgrades

Efficiency Minute: Instant Savings Upgrades