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Video: How to Populate Portland Home Energy Scores on the RMLS

Realtors: RMLS has developed the ability for subscribers to auto populate home energy score information directly to listings, using RMLSWeb. The auto population process will make it simpler for real estate professionals to include home energy score information on a listing. In this video, Earth Advantage walks you step by step through the process. After… Read more

Essential Home Prep Tasks for Fall, Part II: Inside

In Part I, we explored outdoor tasks to improve your home’s efficiency and resilience as you prepare for winter. Here we point out a number of things you can do to prep your home for winter from inside, even as the weather outside turns cool and wet. From tuning your heater to safeguarding against fire,… Read more

What We’ve Seen So Far with Home Energy Scores in Portland

Enhabit started home scoring Portland homes in October. When it comes to home efficiency, classic old Portland homes run the gamut, from high energy users to cozy, efficient abodes that rival the conservation of new homes. Portland Home Energy Scores reveal hard-to-see differences with stunning clarity. Here we highlight the scores for a few “bungalow”… Read more

5 Tips to Stay Toasty Warm and Save Energy for the Holidays

Days are shortening, temperatures are dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors. 1. Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, the… Read more

4 Tips About Home Buying and Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency isn’t something you can physically see, but that shouldn’t make it any less of a priority when looking at homes on the market. The City of Portland requires home listings to include Home Energy Scores starting in 2018, which can benefit both the buyer and the seller. Nicolette Hanna, a broker for Living… Read more

New Solar Incentives Pay Big in Washington

You could earn good money from new solar panels for eight years, covering up to 80% of your solar system cost. If you live in Washington and you’ve been thinking about going solar, now is a good time to act. The Washington State Legislature passed a revised production incentive program on July 1, 2017. Enjoy… Read more

Making Sense of Air Conditioner Efficiency Ratings

Air conditioner efficiency ratings are designed to give buyers a good sense of system efficiency, similar to the way a miles-per-gallon rating measures fuel efficiency of cars. It’s good to get familiar with the two different rating systems so you’ll have a better idea of what to expect when considering a new cooling system. Seasonal… Read more

Quietly Active: Earthquakes in Oregon 1700-2016

Did you know that here in Oregon there were more than 14,000 known earthquakes from 1841 to 2002? Or that Geological evidence shows large subduction zone earthquakes struck Oregon’s coast every 300-800 years, back as long as 11,000 years? Far more common are smaller, but sometimes damaging, quakes that rock Portland and the Willamette Valley,… Read more

How Home Seismic Retrofits Work

Home seismic retrofits target parts of the home that are most likely to fail, and add additional materials and fasteners for greater strength. Every older home is different, and upgrades typically fall into two categories and price points. 1. Prescriptive path: For suitable homes with strong foundations and meeting other criteria, this path includes upgrades… Read more

Does Your House Need a Seismic Retrofit?

Armed with the right knowledge, you can safeguard your home and family. Seismic building codes were enacted in 1974 in Oregon. If your home is older, it’s unlikely built to withstand earthquakes. But the home’s age isn’t the only factor.  Other factors influencing seismic readiness of your home may include: Configuration: Rooms built over garages… Read more