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Energy projects bring relief to elders of Klamath Tribes

Klamath Falls

In the town of Chiloquin, the Klamath Tribes own an affordable multifamily property called the Congregate Building. It consists of 14 two-bedroom rental units that primarily house tribal elders.

In the town of Chiloquin, the Klamath Tribes own an affordable multifamily property called the Congregate Building. It consists of 14 two-bedroom rental units that primarily house tribal elders.

With no forced-air heat or air conditioning, tenants relied on inefficient baseboard heating in the winter and window AC units in the summer.

“During the winter, some of the tenants had to bring in several space heaters to heat their units,” said Ellsworth Lang with the Klamath Tribes. “When the tenants were hot this past summer, they wanted to open their windows, but we were in close proximity to two major forest fires, so there were air quality issues.”

Lang, an Energy Trust board member, worked with Energy Trust to install ductless heat pumps in all 14 units with zero out of pocket costs to the tribe.

“Prior to the installation, many of the elders couldn’t afford to properly heat their homes,” said Matthew Johnson, owner of Seasons Change, an Energy Trust trade ally that installed the equipment. “They’d set the heater at 60 degrees – which meant they weren’t comfortable, but they wouldn’t freeze to death. After the project, they could afford to be warm. Now they can live comfortably at 70-72 degrees while seeing a significant decrease in their heating bill.”

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