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Savings Within Reach

Increased incentives for income-qualified households

Energy-saving home improvements can help lower your energy bills, and you don’t need a big budget to get started. Savings Within Reach helps make home energy upgrades more affordable for income-qualified households. With increased cash incentives on qualifying projects, you’ll spend less on energy-saving projects and enjoy a more comfortable home.

  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, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista. Check the Details tab for additional requirements.

  2. Contact an Energy Trust trade ally contractor trained to provide Savings Within Reach services.

    Your contractor will provide a bid for eligible upgrades.

  3. Prior to beginning improvements, your contractor will ask you to sign an Income Verification form to confirm your eligibility.

    All improvements must be installed by an approved Energy Trust trade ally trained to provide Savings Within Reach services.

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

    Your Income Verification form and invoices for your energy-efficient improvements will also be submitted to Energy Trust. Incentives will be paid directly to your contractor, who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket costs. You are responsible for paying the balance of the invoice.

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed in the Steps tab, you must live in a single-family or manufactured home to participate. (Note: For rental properties, the homeowner or property owner must approve any energy-efficiency improvements.) You must also meet Energy Trust’s income qualifications listed below.

Savings Within Reach household income qualifications

Household sizeGross annual income minimumGross annual income maximum
1 resident$23,095$54,240
2 residents$30,201$62,040
3 residents$37,307$69,720
4 residents$44,413$77,520
5 residents$51,519$83,760
6 residents$58,625$89,880
7 residents$59,958$96,120
8 residents$61,290$102,360
Upgrade Incentive Requirements
Attic insulation $0.50 per square foot

If R-12 or less, insulate to R-38.

Wall insulation $0.50 per square foot

If R-4 or less, insulate to R-11 or fill cavity.

Floor insulation $0.40 per square foot

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

Heat pump controls $250

Controls must either have an outdoor temperature sensor and be configured with a 35°F furnace lockout, or be a qualified web-enabled model that is connected to the internet. This incentive can be combined with the $1,000 heat pump incentive.

Efficient heat pump $1,000

Minimum efficiency heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) 8.5

Incentive is only available for homes upgrading from electric furnace, baseboard, wall heater or ceiling heat.

Ductless heat pump $1,000

Minimum efficiency HSPF 9.0

Compressor must be inverter driven. Incentive is only available for homes replacing electric resistance heat or electric furnace as primary heat source.

High-efficiency gas furnace $550

90 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) or greater. Gas furnaces used as backup for high-efficiency heat pumps, also known as hybrid systems, are not eligible.

Heat pump water heater (Tier 3) $600

Eligible models must meet Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA’s) Advanced Water Heater Specification Tier 3 and replace an existing electric water heater to qualify for this cash incentive. Tank may be any size.

Special qualification rules and restrictions apply. Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Incentives are not intended to influence consumer decisions on fuel sources.

You may qualify for certain upgrades at no cost from your local Community Action Agency based on your income. Visit oregon.gov to find a Community Action Agency near you.

Download our Savings Within Reach fact sheet.

Do I need multiple bids from a contractor for my energy improvement projects?

No. Energy Trust does not require you to have multiple bids. However, to participate in Savings Within Reach, you must work with a trained Energy Trust trade ally contractor.

Am I still eligible for other Energy Trust incentives if I participate in Savings Within Reach?

Yes. If you invest in additional energy-saving improvements, you can receive standard Energy Trust incentives. However, each improvement is eligible for only one incentive. For example, if you install wall insulation, you must choose either the Savings Within Reach incentive or the standard Energy Trust incentive. With Savings Within Reach, the incentive is paid to your contractor and provided as a line-item discount on your invoice.

To receive standard incentives for a project that is not part of Savings Within Reach, you will pay your contractor in full and then submit your incentive application and invoices to Energy Trust to receive your cash incentive.

How do I determine my household’s gross annual income to see if I qualify for Savings Within Reach?

Your gross annual income is the total amount currently earned annually by all household members before taxes and deductions. Income includes all gross wages, tips, rental income, public assistance, social security or pensions, income from self-employment, alimony, or any other sources of income defined by the IRS income tax return.

Here is a sample income calculation:

$15 hourly wage x 32 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = $24,960.

Can I participate in Savings Within Reach if my household income is below the minimum income level?

Yes. However, if your gross income is below the minimum income level for your household size, you may qualify for free weatherization services from Oregon’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which is administered by Oregon Housing and Community Services. For more information, call 1.800.453.5511, option 2, or contact your local Community Action Agency. (Please note: You are not required to use these services to participate in Savings Within Reach.)

Who counts as a resident of my home?

Anyone who regularly sleeps at your home and is not considered a temporary guest can be counted as a resident of your home. Children sleeping in your home as part of a shared custody agreement are considered residents.

Questions?

Give us a call at 1.866.368.7878 with income qualification questions or for more information regarding Savings Within Reach.