Please join your neighbors in reducing energy use today
With excessive temperatures and wildfire conditions affecting power generation across the region, EWEB is encouraging customers to safely conserve power.Find Out More
Stay cool during extreme heat events
With temperatures forecasted to reach over 100 degrees over the next several days, we've prepared some tips and tricks to help you stay cool.Find Out More
Substations – The resilient spine of EWEB’s electric system
The substation redundancy ensures reliable power continues to flow to homes and businesses despite unexpected equipment failures and routine maintenance.Find Out More
Currin Substation - the origin of the name
Hugh Currin was hired as an engineer at EWEB in 1923. Later, he became the chief engineer for the utility.Find Out More
Electric vehicles benefit customers and the community
The rising cost of gasoline and growing consequences of climate change are driving more and more people to look for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles. And EVs offer benefits that go beyond the gas pump.Find Out More
EWEB programs make electric mobility more accessible
Electric mobility seems to be everywhere these days, but does availability equal accessibility? Here at EWEB we’ve determined that the answer is ‘no’ and are working to bridge that gap through EV car shares, community grants and electric bike rebates.Find Out More
EWEB supports apprentices through a training program
Our skilled journeymen are experts in their field, with thousands of training hours and real-world experiences.Find Out More
EWEB begins work rebuilding 10 substations in 10 years
By upgrading substations – key nodes in the electric grid – EWEB is investing today in a resilient electric grid for the future.Find Out More
Applications now being accepted for 2023 Electric Mobility Grant
The application period is now open for the Electric Mobility Community Grants. Mobility Grants of up to $25,000 will be awared to five nonprofits, schools and academic intitutions, government and other public agencies to cover costs associated with their electric mobility projects.Find Out More
Currin Substation Rebuild Updates
Follow along as the Currin Substation, the first of 10 substations in 10 years, is rebuilt from the ground up as part of EWEB's Capital Improvement Plan for major infrastructure investments to rehabilitate, replace, and install new infrastructure.Find Out More
National Lineman Appreciation Day
Today and every day, we celebrate and honor the hard work, innovation and dedication of electrical line workers.Find Out More
Get ready to vote for the 2023 Greenpower Grant recipient
EWEB is excited to announce the eligible candidates for the 2023 Greenpower Grant! The winner of the Greenpower Grant will be voted on by Greenpower subscribers. Learn more about each origanization and their proposal before casting your vote.Find Out More
Carbon - what it is, why it's important and what you can do about it
Carbon is everywhere. But do we really understand what it is and what is being referred to when people mention it? We are taking it back to the basics in this article that breaks down carbon and explains what it is at it's most basic element and why we need to pay attention to it.Find Out More
Ramping up on electric infrastructure investments
To maintain the reliability customers have come to know and trust, EWEB must address an aging infrastructure bubble.Find Out More
EWEB offering $50,000 community Greenpower renewable energy grant
Greenpower Grants, a program funded by voluntary Greenpower customer subscriptions is currently accepting applications. The grant will fund a high-impact project that increase the use of renewable energy sources, the adoption of emerging technologies, clean energy education and reduce or offset our community's carbon footprint.Find Out More
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Positive Outcomes from Remote Home Energy Assessments
September 02, 2021
EWEB's Home Energy Score (HES) Program has concluded for 2021 with 70 property owners and tenants participating in energy audits. The program, which is part of a national energy efficiency program with the Department of Energy helps tenants, rental owners, and limited-income property owners better understand the energy and water usage in their properties and possibly help lower monthly utility bills.
Once again this year, University of Oregon student interns performed the assessments, and, despite pandemic restrictions, achieved a 59% increase in homes assessed per employee compared to 2019. For health and safety reasons, assessments were conducted remotely and may have been a factor in the increased response rate as it is convenient for the residents to participate.
Program Leader Matt Lutter created an assessment tool to accommodate the remote work, aligning with the Department of Energy's official Home Energy Score tool. "Even with data limitations from the work being done remotely, we concluded that it was accurate enough to be effective and helpful for residents and property owners," concluded Lutter.
One student intern created a webpage for the City of Eugene focused on Home Energy Score. She then conducted research into city sustainability efforts and conducted interviews with local businesses. The student has subsequently been appointed to the City's Sustainability Commission by the City Council and is working on a sustainability-focused internship. She credits both opportunities to her experience working with UO's Score program.
Since the program began in 2017, 618 homes have received Home Energy Scores and 154 energy efficiency improvements have been made to homes. In total, property owners have invested $555,000 in upgrades and taken advantage of $106,000 in rebates from EWEB. These projects save 211,000 kWh per year, roughly equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 180 acres of forest. In total, eight homes have converted away from fossil fuels for heating. Carbon savings calculations vary, but the Score program has resulted in an annual carbon savings of around 23,000 pounds of C02e.
This program is made possible through a grant from The City of Eugene. If you are interested in a home energy assessment, please watch for the program's reopening in early 2022.
Are you renting your residence or do you own a rental property? See our Rental Property Resources for more information about improving your energy efficiency.