Local initiative launches to deliver greater efficiency, smart thermostat technology to more Portland homes.
Enhabit, one of the leading residential retrofit programs in the country, announced today a new initiative, called Smart Stat, to get smart thermostats and energy savings devices into more Portland homes, giving homeowners better control of energy use and comfort.
Enhabit offers the five tips below to help Portlanders get smart with their energy use and start saving money.
1) LED there be light. If you’re still running on incandescent bulbs, it’s time to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting. LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. That’s why switching to LEDs is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Overwhelmed by the undertaking? Start with a handful of fixtures used most frequently in your home.
2) Replace silent energy hogs. Heating water accounts for approximately 15 percent of a home’s energy use, making hot water the second biggest energy expense after heating and cooling. Is your water heater more than a decade old? Save money and energy by replacing it with a more efficient model.
3) Seal it tight—and ventilate it right. In doors, windows, ceilings, walls and floors, cracks and openings allow air to leak into and out of your home, wasting energy. Sealing up those cracks will cut drafts—and a modern ventilation system will circulate fresh air to keep your indoor air quality high. When sealing, don’t forget your duct system. Sealing the ducts that run through attics, crawlspaces and garages can cut energy waste and heating costs by 20 to 30 percent.
4) Insulate yourself. Insulation is your primary defense against heat loss. Look for areas in your attic, walls and floors that need more insulation. Ductwork should be well insulated, too. Insulation, when combined with air sealing, reduces inefficiencies and offers the most comfort for the expense.
5) Get smart. You could manually adjust your thermostat to use less energy when you’re not home. Or better yet, install a smart thermostat like Nest or Ecobee to do the work for you. Smart thermostats are quicker and easier to program. You can control them remotely from your phone or tablet—and they even adjust the temperature automatically based on your habits. It’s not all convenience: smart thermostats save you energy and money, lowering energy bills by up to 20 percent.
To make it convenient and more affordable for homeowners to get smart, Enhabit offers professional installation of a smart thermostat along with a free home assessment and energy score, plus Energy Trust incentives for qualifying equipment and products. As a bonus, Enhabit Home Advisors will also install a free energy savings kit containing LED light bulbs and faucet aerators. Bonus offer good through June 30 (while supplies last).
Enhabit is a non-profit dedicated to catalyzing the multiple benefits of better homes. We partner with homeowners, local governments, utilities and community groups to increase access to home upgrades. We ensure homes are more energy efficient, healthier, and more resilient. We measure the success of our work through immediate benefits to homeowners and lasting results for communities. Enhabit communities can improve energy efficiency, generate renewable energy, improve indoor air quality and mitigate natural disasters.
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