Oregonians rebuilding homes and businesses after the wildfires of recent years can take advantage of new cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon for using design features that are both energy efficient and wildfire resistant.
The nonprofit now is offering to help homeowners build using design features serving both purposes. People rebuilding their homes and businesses after wildfires are qualified for even larger cash incentives.
“Sadly, we’re seeing wildfire seasons lasting longer and becoming more severe,” Energy Trust of Oregon Executive Director Michael Colgrove said in a news release. “This new support will help Oregonians who have faced tragedy rebuild family homes that use less energy and are more resilient in the face of future disasters.”
Energy Trust programs are offered in cooperation with Oregon’s Department of Energy and Oregon’s Building Code Division programs, with incentives covering single-family homes, manufactured homes and commercial buildings.
Energy Trust cash incentives are normally offered for energy-efficient features such as advanced framing and lighting, high-performance windows and efficient appliances, heating and cooling, according to the news release.
Energy Trust now also offers new cash incentives for design elements that both increase efficiency and strengthen homes against wildfires, including:
- Triple pane windows adding another layer between the interior of a home and the fire;
- Exterior rigid insulation that is highly flame resistant and can provide considerable energy savings;
- Unvented attics which can save energy and lower fire risk because they can help keep embers from entering a home
The nonprofit already was offering incentives to wildfire victims that were focused on energy efficiency.
Energy Trust incentives are performance based, meaning people building homes must submit plans and have final products evaluated to get partial reimbursement on certain design features, appliances and other qualifying items.
ODBE and BCD incentives are separate programs with their own qualifications and procedures. Combined with the Energy Trust incentives, homeowners could save more than $16,000 on rebuilding, according to the news release.
Learn more at energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.
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