PORTLAND - With a chill in the air, you might be thinking about making your home energy efficient this fall and winter.
Non-profit Clean Energy Works Oregon is in its second year of helping homeowners transform their home with energy upgrades.
According to CEWO, there are some 100,000 homes in the Oregon that are in need of an energy makeover.
So far, 2,000 homeowners have taken advantage of getting an energy check up. If after a free analysis, a home that improves energy efficiency by at least 15 percent qualifies for a low cost loan and rebates.
Southeast Portland homeowner Thomas Heupel found his energy bills were out of control. Heupel's 105-year-old home is getting the finishing touches on its upgrade.
$3,600 is what we're spending a year on heat and after they complete their projection, it will be $1,300," Heupel said.
There are eight new windows, increased insulation, plus a conversion to gas from oil with a 96-percent efficient furnace. The complete job was finished in just five days.
"We help coordinate the connection between homeowners that are looking to do a transformation with their home with certified vetted contractors that are trained to do this," said Ryan Clammer, Building Performance Manager with CEO.
There are fifty certified contractors statewide. Here is a link to CEWO's website.