Nine days without power: My ice storm story as an EWEB customer and employee
While beautiful and peaceful, buying a home on the edge of the forest and surrounded by trees has its tradeoffs. Moving “upriver,” I knew there would be more threats to prepare for, including Mother Nature’s seasonal surprises.Find Out More
Leaburg Decommissioning Action Plan
Plan details next steps through regulatory processes to begin dismantling Leaburg Dam by 2032.Find Out More
Start the New Year saving money with energy saving tips
We know that saving money is important to our customers. Using energy and water wisely is a great way to reduce your monthly utility bill, even as the costs of electricity and water rise. EWEB has several steps you can take to reduce your usage and even make your home feel more comfortable.Find Out More
Currin Substation: End of year update
EWEB Engineer Philip Peterson explains what's been happening in the final stretch to complete the substation rebuild.Find Out More
EWEB Recognized with Excellence in Communications Awards from American Public Power Association
We are proud to have been recognized with two Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards for 2023 from the American Public Power Association (APPA).Find Out More
EWEB now offering a Smart Thermostat rebate program
EWEB is excited to announce a new residential rebate program to provide electric customers with free or greatly discounted Smart Thermostats to customers whose primary source of heating is from an electric forced-air furnace or heat pump.Find Out More
Your EWEB Rates at Work: Investing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow
For more than a century, EWEB has planned, built, and maintained the systems that deliver safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible power and water to Eugene homes and businesses.Find Out More
Have an energy efficient and water conscious holiday season
The holiday season is officially upon us. Whether you are celebrating a special holiday or just sharing a meal with close friends and family, hosting can cause some unexpected energy and water usage increases – resulting in a higher utility bill. We’ve prepared some tips on how you can save energy and water this holiday season.Find Out More
River Road Substation returns to service after infrastructure upgrades
Supply chain shortages and proactive infrastructure investments, including constructing seismic foundations and implementing control modernization, have played a role in the substation's return-to-service timeline.Find Out More
The importance of managed electric vehicle charging explained
EWEB has much to handle related to EV charging infrastructure. To ensure that the switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles reduces the most emissions possible at the lowest cost possible, we need to implement managed EV charging.Find Out More
Fall is the perfect time to prepare for winter storm season
Winter is coming, which increases the likelihood of storm-related power outages. It's important to be prepared, and there are simple actions you can take right now.Find Out More
EWEB seeks public input on electric vehicle, demand response standards
EWEB is seeking public input on the potential adoption of updated standards for electric vehicles (EVs) and demand response programs. The potential standards are derived from the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.Find Out More
As prices increase, what can you do to take control of monthly utility bills?
EWEB’s Board of Commissioners is considering rate changes in 2024. Here are some ways to save money and manage your bill, and how EWEB can help.Find Out More
Public Power Week Poster Contest 2023
It’s that time of year again! October 1-7 is Public Power Week. To celebrate, EWEB is holding our annual poster contest for fifth graders in our service area. Help us pick the winners.Find Out More
Salmon Return to Finn Rock Reach
Finn Rock Reach and other restoration projects throughout the Middle McKenzie provide conditions to help young fish survive to adulthood.Find Out More
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Check out this super-efficient home on the BRING Home and Garden Tour
September 06, 2017
Want to save energy, reduce your carbon footprint, lower your utility bills and improve the comfort of your home? We can help!
Today, home owners and builders have multiple options for designing and building high-performance homes or renovating existing homes. From energy efficient windows, to insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances—making the right choices will greatly reduce your energy use.
EWEB supports builders and home owners with rebates and loans for energy efficiency upgrades. We offer additional rebates for new homes that meet certain efficiency standards, such as the Energy Trust of Oregon's Energy Performance Score (EPS).
EPS-rated homes are built above the current statewide energy codes. The score is similar to a miles-per-gallon metric—it allows you to compare the energy use of different homes, along with the estimated utility costs, and carbon impact.
You can see an example of an EPS-rated high-performance home on the 2017 BRING Home and Garden Tour, Sunday, Sept. 17, at Site 9. We partnered with the builder to help the homeowners achieve their dream of a modern, durable, super-efficient home. With high-performance insulation, air sealing, efficient mechanical systems, plus a solar photovoltaic system, this home earned an EPS of 10 on scale of zero to 200+, where zero is the most efficient. It's estimated this home will cost less than $120 per year to operate. You can view two additional high-performance homes with Energy Performance Scores at Sites 1 and 6 on the tour.
Check out this video to learn more about this home and how you can save energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and lower the utility bills for your new construction or home renovation project by applying a few simple principles of high-performance homes.
Electric or gas?
If you're building new or remodeling your home, you may be weighing fuel heating options. Because buildings in EWEB's service territory are powered by 90 percent renewable electricity, efficient electric heating and cooling systems are a good option for lowering your carbon footprint. For example, a ductless heat pump will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95 percent when compared to a typical natural gas-powered heating system.
Look for us on the BRING Home and Garden Tour (Site 9), where EWEB experts will be on-hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk about different energy saving technologies and the carbon benefits of high-efficiency electric systems.