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Water Heating

Save on water and energy bills by upgrading to energy-efficient water heaters. Replacing aging water heaters before they fail can reduce maintenance costs, allowing you to enjoy savings right away.

If you own an individual condominium unit, townhome, duplex, triplex or fourplex in Washington, visit our Washington multifamily page to view available cash incentives for gas tankless water heater upgrades.

To get started on your energy-efficient upgrade follow the steps below or contact a program representative.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    • Property’s water heating must be provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power; or by NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista.
    • Cash incentives are available to all Oregon multifamily attached residential properties with two or more units including: duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes; side-by-side units; and stacked structures with five or more units. For specific incentives based on your building type see the “Details” tab for further eligibility requirements.
    • Energy-saving improvements must meet program requirements.
  2. Purchase a qualifying water heater at retail, find a trade ally contractor or work with your own contractor.

    View point-of-purchase options on the Details tab or we can help you get started with a trade ally contractor.

  3. Install equipment that meets the requirements listed on the Details tab.

  4. Complete and submit an incentive application with supporting documentation.

    • Proof of payment (invoice or receipt marked paid) and/or contractor’s invoice.
    • Participants can receive either a point-of-purchase incentive at retail or a cash-back rebate, not both.
    • A W-9 or Substitute W-9form is required for investment properties.
    • Energy Trust must receive applications within 90 days from the date of purchase and installation.

    Download Application (PDF) Download Application (Doc)

    Send by Mail

    Energy Trust of Oregon
    Existing Multifamily Program
    811 SW 6th Ave, Suite 800
    Portland, OR 97204

    Send by Fax
    503.243.1154

  5. Get your incentive.

    You should receive a cash incentive check within 6-8 weeks after all information is received.

    Note: A post-installation verification may be required.

All property types* Incentive Requirements
Gas Commercial Tank Water Heater $3.00 per kBtu/h

Minimum 94% thermal efficiency, input of 75 kBtu/h or greater.

Gas Commercial Condensing Tankless Water Heater $2.25 per kBtu/h

Minimum 92% thermal efficiency, electronic ignition, input of 200 kBtuh or greater. Integral tank volume must be less than 10 gallons.

Domestic Hot Water (DHW) Recirculation Pump Controls $100 per system

Pump must be < 1/8 HP and control type must be aquastat, on-demand or learning controls and installed controls must meet applicable codes and regulations. Building must have central domestic hot water heating. Must be a standalone pump.

DHW Recirculation Pump Controls $500 per system

Pump must be ≥  1/8 HP and control type must be aquastat, on-demand or learning controls and installed controls must meet applicable codes and regulations. Building must have central domestic hot water heating. Must be a standalone pump.

For stacked structures with 5 or more units only Incentive Requirements
Gas Condensing Tankless Water Heater $300 each

Installation of condensing tankless water heater with EF greater than or equal to 0.94. Input less than 200 kBtu/h. Must supply hot water to multiple units. Additional hot water storage tanks may not be added.

*Properties applying for incentives for water heaters must have water heating provided by a participating utility.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Retailer Discounts

Retail discounts are available for select high-efficiency residential gas tank water heaters or heat pump water heaters. To receive a discount purchase directly from a retailer.

Distributor Discounts

Price discounts are available for owners and managers of investment properties purchasing qualifying commercial water heaters. Call Stan the Hot Water Man at 503.760.2992 for more information.

Participants receiving discounts on  water heaters are not eligible to receive any additional Energy Trust incentives on the same equipment.

Participants receiving a point-of-purchase incentive discount on a water heater are not eligible to receive any additional Energy Trust incentives on the same equipment.

Need Help? Contact Us.

We’re here to explain the process and benefits. Give us a call at 1.877.510.2130 or send us an email at multifamily@energytrust.org.