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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 local 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, and save 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.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    You must live in Oregon and heat your home with electricity or natural gas provided by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power or NW Natural. Additional requirements apply, check the Details tab for more information.

  2. 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.

  3. Fill out and sign the initial Energy Trust On-Bill Repayment incentive application provided by your contractor.

    Your contractor will submit this form to Energy Trust.

  4. Apply for the Craft3 loan.

  5. Close your loan and begin your project.

    Upon incentive approval by Energy Trust and loan approval by Craft3, Craft3 will generate your loan documents. Once your loan documents are signed and your loan is closed, 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:

Loan Maximum
Up to $5,000Up to $6,000Up to $7,500
Attic, Wall, or Floor InsulationDuctless Heat PumpAny combination of eligible measures
Heat Pump Water Heater Gas Furnace
Gas Tank Water Heater Ducted Heat Pump
Windows

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
APR5.99%5.99%
TermUp to 5 yearsUp to 10 years
Loan FeeCovered by Energy TrustCovered by Energy Trust
Example Payment Amount
$29/month
(for $1,500 loan amount)
$67/month
(for $6,000 loan amount)
Loan Repayment Energy billEnergy 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 1/1/17 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.

Why choose On-Bill Repayment?

  • No loan or application fees. Energy Trust will pay your application fee and loan fees, so 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.

Why isn’t there a participating trade ally contractor in my area?

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 PGE, Pacific Power and NW Natural in Oregon.

What if the project costs change once work begins?

If the cost of the project increases after work has started, you will 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.

What aspects of my project costs are eligible to be part of the loan provided by Craft3?

All costs associated with the specific energy upgrade are eligible to be included in the loan, up your loan maximum.

Why is there only one lender?

We chose to work with Craft3 as the lender for this offer because Craft3 is a local nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, CDFI, lender dedicated to helping Pacific Northwest families and businesses invest in their homes and communities.

Who should I contact with questions about On-Bill Repayment?

For more information about qualifying projects, call us at 1.866.368.7878 or email us at onbill@energytrust.org.

For more information about the loan, visit Craft3’s webpage or call 888.231.2170.

How long will it take for me to start making loan payments through my utility bill?

You can expect to begin loan payments one to two bill cycles after funds are disbursed to your trade ally contractor.

Why don’t renters qualify for this loan?

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.

What happens if I sell my house?

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.

What types of income are included in my total household income?

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.

What other financing options are available to me if I don’t qualify for On-Bill Repayment?

Energy Trust works with a growing number of lenders who offer specialized financing options 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.

I’m a contractor and I want to offer this financing option to my customers. What should I do?

Contact onbill@energytrust.org to confirm your interest and learn more about our plans to make On-Bill Repayment more broadly available in the future.

I’m primarily heat my home with Cascade Natural Gas or Avista. Why can’t I participate in On-Bill Repayment?

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.

What is the NMLS ID number?

NMLS stands for the 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.

Questions?

Give us a call at 1.866.368.7878 or email us at onbill@energytrust.org.