The following energy and weatherization programs are available through local Community Action Agencies and other community service providers:
Oregon Housing and Community Services
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Provides help with home heating costs, including bill payment assistance, weatherization improvements and education.
- Oregon Energy Assistance Program
Helps low-income customers whose electric service has been disconnected or is in danger of being disconnected due to home heating costs. Available to electric heat customers of Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
Offers free weatherization and energy conservation services to reduce utility bills. Participants receive an energy audit and may qualify for insulation, furnace repair, heating duct improvements and minor energy-related home repairs.
- State Home Oil Weatherization Program
Homes that receive space heating primarily from a fuel oil dealer can apply for cash payments for installing energy-saving heating equipment and for making home weatherization improvements through the State Home Oil Weatherization (SHOW) program.
Oregon Energy Fund
Oregon Energy Fund works with 30 partner agencies located throughout Oregon to help Oregonians facing hardships. With the support of their donors, they help with emergency energy assistance. If you are behind on your energy bill, do not wait to be “disconnected.” Find out where energy assistance is available in your area.
Community Energy Project
Low-income seniors and people with disabilities may receive in-home weatherization and safety repairs, including installation of reusable internally mounted vinyl storm window kits that can roll up for the summer and compact fluorescent lights. You can also access free workshops on weatherization, lead poisoning prevention and water conservation. Learn more.
Utility bill payment plans
If you need help managing your utility bills, call your electricity, natural gas, oil or propane provider. They may offer payment plans to even out seasonal highs and lows, including an option that gives you 12 equal monthly payments.
Portland Clean Energy Initiative
In November 2018, Portland residents passed the Portland Clean Energy Initiative. The program will generate money from a tax on certain large retailers and will fund clean energy projects like energy efficiency, home weatherization and solar, as well as green energy job training. This fund is intentionally designed to support projects that benefit low-income individuals and communities of color.
It’s too early to know exactly how Energy Trust may work with the Portland Clean Energy Fund. People and businesses working with the Portland Clean Energy Fund may also be eligible for Energy Trust services and incentives, although it will take some time to understand the rules of the program and the intersections with Energy Trust programs and offers. Learn more.