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Program offers energy efficiency upgrades for homeowners

Home improvements — Clean Energy Works offers services to homeowners who qualify


After the snowstorm hit in early February, Clean Energy Works is hoping homeowners took time to gauge the energy efficiency of their homes and whether improvements could be made.

According to a press release, older homes can display a couple signs that an upgrade might be necessary as homes can lose the most heat through single-pane windows, inefficient furnaces and inadequate insulation.

If homeowners discovered these problems Clean Energy Works has a program that will help homes become more efficient, sometimes at levels from 15 to 30 percent. The nonprofit’s program will assess homes first to determine what energy-efficient upgrades are needed to approved homes.

The program is a simple application process. After the home has been approved for the makeover, an expert energy assessment by a contractor will be conducted.

According to the Clean Energy Work website, the assessment is a three- to four-hour process at a $500 dollar value. During the assessment, the contractor will inspect the home’s insulation; do a blower door test, safety tests, infrared camera search and air quality test.

The program will allow approved project homeowners no money down financing or loan payments through their electric or natural gas bill, according to the press release.

“This is the time of year when you discover whether your home is a saver or a spender — when you’re losing energy through poor insulation or insufficiently sealed windows and doors,” said Stephanie Swanson, director of marketing for Clean Energy Works.

For more information, visit www.cleanenergyworks oregon.org.



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