Savings Within Reach On-Bill Repayment
Make energy-efficient upgrades with easy, affordable financing repaid through your energy bill
No matter your budget, it’s possible to make changes that lower your utility costs and improve the comfort and energy performance of your home. To help make home upgrades more affordable, we offer increased incentives and on-bill financing for income-qualified homeowners who are eligible for Savings Within Reach.
Energy Trust is working with Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and regional nonprofit lender Craft3 to provide this special financing so you can save on your projects and pay back an affordable loan right on your energy bill. Qualifying projects like insulation are a great way to increase comfort while saving energy and money.
To make sure your projects qualify, get started by contacting an Energy Trust trade ally contractor trained to offer On-Bill Repayment.
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Contact an approved Energy Trust trade ally trained to provide Savings Within Reach On-Bill Repayment services.
Your contractor will provide a bid for eligible upgrades.
Fill out and sign the Energy Trust On-Bill Repayment incentive application provided by your contractor.
Your contractor will submit this form to Energy Trust.
Apply for the Craft3 loan.
Sign your loan documents and begin your project.
Upon incentive approval by Energy Trust and loan approval by Craft3, Craft3 will generate your loan documents, which can be signed electronically. Once your loan documents are signed and returned to Craft3, notify your contractor to begin work. You will receive communication from your utility when your loan repayment is active and you will begin seeing it on your energy bill.
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed in the Steps tab, you must reside in and own the home receiving the upgrades. You must also meet Energy Trust income qualifications. The loan may only be used to cover the cost of materials and installation for the following projects that qualify for Energy Trust incentives:
Please review the following table to determine maximum allowable loan amounts:
|Up to $5,000||Up to $6,000||Up to $7,500|
|Attic, Wall or Floor Insulation||Ductless Heat Pump||Any combination of eligible measures|
|Heat Pump Water Heater||Gas Furnace|
|Gas Tank Water Heater||Ducted Heat Pump|
Craft3 offers the following home energy-efficiency loan terms to homeowners who qualify for Savings Within Reach.
|Loan Amount||Up to $2,000||$2,001-$7,500|
|Term||Up to 5 years||Up to 10 years
|Loan Fee||Covered by Energy Trust||Covered by Energy Trust|
|Example Payment Amount||$29/month|
(for $1,500 loan amount)
(for $6,000 loan amount)
|Loan Repayment||Energy bill||Energy bill|
*Project eligibility is determined by Energy Trust. Loan terms are available for qualifying projects installed in owner-occupied single-family homes or owner-occupied manufactured homes with land ownership. Loan availability, terms and conditions are current as of 1/1/18 and are subject to change without notice. Not all applicants will qualify. Craft3 is an equal opportunity lender, NMLS ID#390159.
Contact one of our trade ally contractors or call Energy Trust at 1.866.368.7878 to take advantage of this financing option.
To learn more about the loan and to apply for financing, visit Craft3’s webpage or call 888.231.2170 ext 225.
- No loan or application fees. There are no upfront costs to apply.
- Inclusive loan approval criteria. You may be eligible for a loan even with a less-than-perfect credit score.
- Big savings, small bill. The energy savings from your upgrades may offset much of the loan cost, so you could see little to no increase in your energy bill.
On-Bill Repayment is only currently available through select trade ally contractors who have been trained to offer this option. Savings Within Reach is only available to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and NW Natural in Oregon.
If the cost of the project increases after work has started, you will need to sign updated loan documents with Craft3 and your contractor will need to resubmit the incentive form to Energy Trust once you have signed it. If the final project costs are less than the loan amount, Craft3 will lower your loan amount and adjust the payments.
All costs associated with the qualified energy upgrade are eligible to be included in the loan, up your loan maximum.
We chose to work with Craft3 as the lender for this offer because Craft3 is a regional nonprofit lender dedicated to helping Pacific Northwest families save energy and help the environment.
You can expect to begin loan payments one to two bill cycles after funds are disbursed to your trade ally contractor.
This offer is only available for homeowners because we require that the property owner approves all decisions regarding upgrades or changes to the home in order to receive incentives, and because of the terms required by the loan.
You have the option of either paying the remaining balance of the loan or transferring the loan as a term of sale to the next homeowner. Loan transfers will require approval by Craft3 and fees may apply.
Income includes all gross wages, tips, rental income, public assistance, Social Security or pensions, income from self-employment, alimony, interest or any other sources of income as defined on the IRS income tax return.
Energy Trust works with a growing number of lenders who offer specialized financing options, aside from Craft3, to support customers interested in investing in energy-efficiency upgrades for their homes or businesses. Visit our financing webpage to find additional financing options. You can also talk with your bank or credit union to see if they offer loans for energy improvement projects.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and find out more about our plans to make On-Bill Repayment more broadly available in the future.
At this time, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista are not offering On-Bill Repayment. Visit our financing webpage to find additional financing options. You can also talk with your bank or credit union to see if they offer loans for energy improvement projects.
NMLS stands for Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry. It is a system used by most states to aggregate licensure information for financial services such as mortgage lending. For more information, visit the NMLS webpage.
Give us a call at 1.866.368.7878 or email us at email@example.com.