Category: Success Stories

The Road from Rental to Homeownership

New Baby, New Home  Motivated by the impending arrival of their firstborn son Kofi and rising rental costs, Ty Schwoeffermann and his wife Cimone began house hunting in 2014. “We wanted to get out of this cycle of being renters,” Ty says, “Our last rent hike was $300.” A native Portlander, Ty wanted an older… Read more

Old Carpet Out, Energy Efficiency In

The first thing that catches your eye in Mickey Lee’s home are the beautiful, Middle Eastern archways in the living room and hallway – some of the charming details that originally drew Mickey to this 1912 home. These details allowed her overlook the inadequate gas furnace and ugly carpet in her purchase decision, though not… Read more

Portland Homeowner Shares the Steps to an Enhabit Home

Portland, Oregon homeowner Laura Parisi finds peace of mind in a home with the whole package: energy efficiency, solar panels, and a seismic retrofit—all thanks to Enhabit. The cape cod home nestled in a North Portland neighborhood was built in 1943—a rarity, as not many homes were built during World War II. It was a… Read more

“Don’t Panic, Prepare” – Portland Family is Earthquake Ready

With looming threats of a high magnitude earthquake significantly impacting the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to take steps now to protect your family and your biggest investment—your home. Earthquake Preparedness for a Dream Home Living in their dream home, Veronica Marzilli and her family have invested and planned well to protect the structure of the… Read more

Step up to Solar: Oregon Home Ready to Soak Up the Sun

Once you’ve upgraded your home for energy efficiency, what’s next? For homeowner Erin Patrick, going solar is the natural choice. Erin lives in a 1985 ranch-style home in the heart of Wilsonville, Oregon. When the sun is shining, not even an inch of her rooftop is covered by shade. After living in the house for… Read more

Taking Homeowners to “School” – Man Learns Value of Energy Efficiency

“I knew nothing about energy efficiency, and they took me to school.” After completing a project with Enhabit and partner contractor GreenSavers, Gerry Winfield got more than renovations for an energy efficient home; he got an education in total home performance. West Linn, Oregon homeowner Gerry Winfield has lived with his family in their 1986… Read more

Smaller Bills, Bigger Home

“My home actually feels bigger. It’s more livable now.” As a parent, Kristin Kelly’s number one priority is her children’s safety and comfort, especially in their own home. When a house is too cold or too hot, living space can be incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes even unbearable. Kristin and her family faced this problem in their… Read more

Carmy Robertson: Unpuzzling Home Performance

Carmy Robertson Building Analyst/Project Manager for Central Air Carmy has always been mechanically inclined, able to take things apart and put them back together. Her initial career steps toward carpentry were sidetracked when she discovered a long waiting list for training. Instead, she turned to another interest: energy. Through one of her electrician friends, Carmy… Read more

Success Story: Driving home value for the Roushes

“We made a pros and cons list and decided to stay.” Our homes are the single biggest investment most of us will make. Determining whether you renovate your home or move to another house can be a difficult decision. As they approached retirement, Gary and Carol Roush of Springfield asked themselves that same hard question.… Read more

Comfort and Environmental Impact by the Numbers

“I’m a numbers guy. I wanted an accurate measurement of air leakage in my home.” Ted Brekken knows firsthand the value of living in a home that performs well. He worked hard to upgrade his first home so his family would have a healthy, comfortable and efficient place to live. “We made performance improvements and… Read more