Energy Efficiency Investments


Questions?

Email our energy experts or call 541-685-7088 for more information and to get started. 

For all loan specific questions, call 541-685-7318 or email ems.loans@eweb.org.

Looking to make your home more energy efficient? Consider some of the following:

  1. Properly insulate your attic, walls and ducts. Consult our Energy Management Services department if your house was built before Jan. 1, 1992, to determine the right amount of insulation for your home

  2. Have forced-air ducts checked for leaks. Most heating and cooling equipment contractors can check, repair and seal ductwork.

  3. Install a heat pump to replace your existing heating system. A heat pump can deliver one and a half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electric energy it consumes. Read more about ductless heat pump and ducted heat pump systems to see which one is right for your home.

  4. Replace single-pane windows with more energy-efficient windows that have the ENERGY STAR rating. 

  5. Install programmable digital thermostats for zonal heating systems such as ceiling, wall and baseboard heating. This allows you to control the temperature to correspond with your schedule and avoid unnecessary heating and cost.

  6. Recycle that extra refrigerator or freezer. Older fridges can use three times the electricity of newer, more energy-efficient models. When buying a new refrigerator or freezer, choose an energy-efficient model with the ENERGY STAR rating to keep your electric costs lower.

  7. Replace incandescent bulbs with the most energy-efficient lighting option, LEDs. They use only one-tenth the energy of incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 times longer. 

  8. Use photocells or motion sensors on outdoor lighting so they only turn on when it's dark or someone is present.

  9. Choose light-colored roof shingles when it's time to reroof. Black shingles absorb great amounts of heat in the summer. Lighter shingles will help you and your home stay cooler in the heat.