Thursday, November 29th: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 1st: 11 a.m. to Noon
Umpqua Bank Alberta, 1745 Northeast Alberta Street
Learn the basics of home energy efficiency and how to upgrade your home! After a presentation by Energy Efficiency experts there will be time for questions and answers. Financing options and how to utilize all available tax incentives will be covered. Workshops are free and open to the public.
Energize NE workshop seminars kick off this Saturday at 11:00am at Umpqua Bank Alberta, 1745 NE Alberta St.. A second workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30pm, at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th Ave. (at NE 7th and Wygant), with several more to follow. A complete workshop schedule is available on our calendar. All workshops are free and open to the public. No need to RSVP, just show up!
Energize NE workshops are an informal seminar to explain what goes on during a home energy audit, how to get the most out of your upgrade, available rebates and how to choose the best financing options.
Not sure you are ready for a home blower door test? Attend a workshop and have your questions answered first.
Energize NE is a community initiative organized by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) that helps provide the benefits of energy efficiency as well as fund NECN community building programs. Registering with Energize NE is a great way to help yourself and your neighborhood! Register with Energize NE to receive a home energy audit by Neil Kelly. Energize NE also offers the benefit of a financial donation from Neil Kelly to NECN that supports vital programs such as neighborhood small grants.
Energize NE offers the option of going through Clean Energy Works Oregon, a non-profit with a history of delivering a more comfortable and energy efficient home. Clean Energy Works offers exclusive Instant Rebates on eligible energy upgrades and a FREE Home Energy Assessment worth $500. Once your project is complete, Clean Energy Works inspects the quality of the work to ensure your energy upgrades perform as promised.
Clean Energy Works Oregon partners with local lenders to offer no-money-down financing with flexible terms and preferred rates. However, homeowners participating in Clean Energy Works Oregon can also pay out-of-pocket or bring their own financing, such as home equity loans.
We encourage you to find out learn more and have questions answered at an Energize NE workshop.
Energy Efficiency experts Neil Kelly shared tips on how to stay warmer without spending much money:
Here are some tips that we received from PGE on staying warm:
1. Try setting your heat no higher than 68 degrees. Each degree you lower your thermostat saves an estimated 2 percent on your heating bill.
2. Drop the heat to 60 degrees at bedtime or when you are away from home for more than a few hours.
3. Check furnace filters every 2 months, and clean or replace them if dirty.
4. If you have zonal heat, such as baseboard or wall heaters, turn it down or off in unused rooms and close the doors. (But be aware that cooler rooms may be prone to mold and mildew issues.)
5. Move furniture and window coverings away from heating vents.
6. Seal air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping.
7. Close window coverings at night to keep warm air in. Open them during the day to capture free solar heat.
8. Don’t use traditional wood burning fireplaces for supplemental heating. It draws heated air out of your home, making your heating system work harder.
9. Turn off kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans as soon as they’ve done their job. Otherwise, they waste energy and suck heated air out of your home. (It is important to get the moist air out of the home though, consider a timer switch for the fans)
10. If you don’t have high efficiency windows or storm windows (or Indow Windows) yet, consider installing do it yourself plastic film storm windows.
There are a few things that I believe they left off. Install a carbon monoxide detector if you have any combustion appliances in your home, i.e.fireplace, gas cooking, gas water heater or furnace. Weather strip attic access hatches and doors. Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use.
If you are looking to take your comfort and efficiency to the next level, visit our website to learn about Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO). CEWO is a non-profit program that packages no money out of pocket loans with low interest rates to get your house in tip top shape by installing insulation, windows, high efficiency furnaces and heat pumps, insulation, air sealing, and appropriate safety measures.
Please see the schedule of Energize NE workshops. On our Calendar page. https://sites.google.com/a/necoalition.org/energize-northeast/energize-ne-cal