Sustainability

Improvement Incentives

Incentives for Sustainable Home Improvements

Cash incentives, tax credits and low-to-moderate-income assistance opportunities for energy efficiency home improvements are listed by project. Only non-profit organizations or governmental agencies are listed.

For additional special offers and rebates on ENERGY STAR certified products, enter your zip code into the ENERGY STAR rebate finder here. 

Energy Improvements

Incentive: Free energy savings kit customized to information you input about your home – may include lightbulbs, faucet aerators, showerheads etc.

Requirements: PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas customers.

Additional program details here.

Tax credit (federal):  26% for systems placed in service during the 2020 tax year; drops to 22% for systems placed in service during the 2021 tax year. Expires December 31, 2021.

Requirements: 

  • Tax Credit includes installation costs.
  • The maximum credit is $500 per half kilowatt (kW) of power capacity.
  • The fuel cell  must have a nameplate capacity of at least 0.5 kW of electricity using an electrochemical process and an electricity-only generation efficiency greater than 30%.
  • The home served by the system MUST be the taxpayer’s principal residence.
  • In case of joint occupancy, the maximum qualifying costs that can be taken into account by all occupants for figuring the credit is $1,667 per 0.5 kW. This does not apply to married individuals filing a joint return. The credit that may be claimed by each individual is proportional to the costs he/she paid.

Additional program details here.

Free, online:  Online tool for calculating your home’s current energy use.

Cost varies: 3-4 hour Home Performance Audit. Customers also receive a list of available cash incentives for the recommended energy-saving home improvements.

Additional program details here.

Tax credit (federal):  26% for systems placed during the 2020 tax year; drops to 22% for systems placed in service in the 2021 tax year. Expires December 31, 2021.

Requirements: Must generate no more than 100 kilowatts of electricity for residential use. Tax credits includes installation costs. The home served by this system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.
Additional program details here.

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  1. Cash incentive: $0.30 per watt of installed capacity up to $2,400 maximum incentive per home.
    Requirements: Available to PGE or Pacific Power customers working with an approved Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor.
    Additional program information here.
  2. Cash incentive (Income based):$1.50/watt. $9,000 maximum incentive per home
    Requirement: You must be an Oregon customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power, working with an Energy Trust solar trade ally contractor participating with Solar Within Reach, and meet income qualification requirements to be eligible for incentives.
    Additional program information here.
  3. Tax credit (federal):  26% of installation costs for tax year 2020; drops to 22% for tax year 2021. Expires December 31, 2021
    Requirements: Systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.
    Additional program details here.

Windows and Doors

Cash incentive
– $1.75 per square foot of windows installed with U-Value 0.28 to 0.30.
– $4.00 per square foot of windows installed with U-Value of 0.27 or less
– $6.00 per square foot of windows installed with U-value of 0.24 or less


Requirements
Incentive application must include proof of window size and U-Value, provided by the manufacturer, for each window installed. To receive an Energy Trust cash incentive, contact a qualified energy-efficiency-trained Energy Trust trade ally contractor or any contractor with a current Oregon Construction Contractors Board license or current Washington contractor’s license.

Additional program details here.

Tax Credit: 10% of the cost, up to $500, but windows are capped at $200. (NOT INCLUDING INSTALLATION)

Requirements: Must be ENERGY STAR certified. You do not have to replace all the windows/doors/skylights in your home to qualify.  And it doesn’t need to be a replacement either – installing a new window where there wasn’t one previously (like in an addition) qualifies. Tax credit does not include installation costs.

Additional program details here.

Weatherization

The Community Energy Project offers free Weatherization Workshops in which participants receive a free kit of weatherization supplies. More information can be found here.

This organization also offers free in-home weatherization and safety repair services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Additional program details here.

  1. Cash incentive for professional installation: Depending on project, from $0.25 per square foot to $0.30 per square foot.
    Requirements: Varies, depending on project.
    Additional program details here.
  2. Cash incentive for self-installation: Depending on project, from $0.25 per square foot to $0.50 per square foot.
    Requirements: Varies, depending on project.
    Additional program details here.
  3. Low-to-moderate-income assistance: Increased incentives for income-qualified households. In order to qualify you must live in a single-family home, manufactured home or multifamily residence that is either an attached side-by-side unit or a duplex, triplex or fourplex.  You must also meet Energy Trust’s income qualifications listed here.
    Requirements: Varies depending on project.
    Additional program details here.
  4. Tax credit: 10% of the cost, up to $500 (NOT INCLUDING INSTALLATION)
    Requirement: Typical bulk insulation products can qualify, such as batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray, and pour-in-place.
    Products that air seal (reduce air leaks) can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement, including:
    • Weather stripping
    • Spray foam in a can, designed to air seal
    • Caulk designed to air seal
    • House wrap

    Additional program details here.

Water (heating/efficiency)

Biomass stoves burn biomass fuel to heat a home or heat water. Biomass fuel includes agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including acquating plants), grasses, residues, and fibers.

Tax credit: $300. Expires December 31, 2020.
Requirement: Thermal efficiency rating of at least 75%
Additional program details here.

  1. Free items: Free water conservation kit. Choose from a variety of simple to install water-saving devices for fixtures in your home.
    Requirements:
    Portland Water Bureau customers only.
    Additional program details here.
  2. Cash incentive: Up to $100 rebate when you replace your current water-wasting toilet with a new High Efficiency Toilet and recycle your old toilet.
    Also, up to $75 rebate when you replace your washing machine with an Energy Star certified residential washing machine.
    Requirements: Participating Clackamas River Provider districts and/or cities only.
    Additional program details here.
  3. Cash incentive: $100 when purchasing an EPA “WaterSense” labeled High Efficiency Technology (HET) models of 1.28 gallons per flush or less.
    Requirements: Must be a Lake Oswego, OR resident
    Additional program details here.
  4. Cash incentive: Maximum combination landscape rebate of $210 with qualifying purchases.
    Requirements: 
    Choose any of the following: Rain senor/switch, Manual Hose Bib Timer, WaterSense Weather-Based Irrigation Controller, Multi-Stream Rotating Irrigation Nozzles Retrofit. Customers can take advantage of each rebate one time, per account, per fiscal year. Participating Clackamas River Provider districts and/or cities only.
    Additional program details here.
  5. Cash incentive: $100 rebate per WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers and $3 rebate per head for Multi-Stream Rotator Nozzles to help reduce peak summer water use outdoors.
    Requirements: Portland Water Bureau customers only.
    Additional program details here.
  6. Cash incentive: $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet or urinal with a high-efficiency model.
    Requirements: Portland Water bureau customers only.
    Additional program details here.

Instant discount: Discount received at time of purchase
Requirement: Visit a retailer offering instant discounts on WaterSense® showerheads. Just look for the Energy Trust logo in these stores to find qualifying models:

  • A-Boy Supply
  • Bi-Mart
  • Costco
  • Diamond Home Improvement
  • Dollar Tree
  • Fred Meyer
  • Goodwill
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Grover Electric and Plumbing Supply
  • Lowe’s
  • The Rebuilding Center
    Participating retail store locations and discounts are subject to change. To ensure availability, please call the participating store nearest you.
    Additional program details here.
  1. Tax credit: $150. Expires December 31, 2020.
    Requirement: Gas powered boilers that are recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient meet the requirements of this tax credit. Must have an AFUE >= 95.
    Additional program details here.
  2. Tax credit: $300. Expires December 31, 2020.
    Requirement: Certain ENERGY STAR certified gas water heaters meet the requirements for this tax credit. Heather must have a Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) >= 0.82 OR a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.
    Additional program details here.
  3. Tax credit: $300. Expires December 31, 2020.
    Requirement: Most ENERGY STAR certified electric heat pump water heaters meet the requirements of this tax credit. Must have a Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) >= 2.2.
    Additional program details here.
  4. Instant discount: $100 instant discount for gas water heater.
    Requirement: Energy factor, EF, must be 0.67 or greater; must be ENERGY STAR® certified. Just look for the Energy Trust logo in these stores to find qualifying models. Participating retail store locations and discounts are subject to change. To ensure availability, please call the participating store nearest you.
    Additional program details here.
  5. Instant discount: $500 instant discount for electric water heater
    Requirement: Just look for the Energy Trust logo in these stores to find qualifying models. Participating retail store locations and discounts are subject to change. To ensure availability, please call the participating store nearest you.

Cash Incentive: $100 to upgrade to an energy-efficient outdoor spa cover.
Requirements: Purchased through Energy Trust’s participating retailers.
Additional program details here.

 

Lead Paint Hazards

Incentive: Grants up to $10,000.
Requirements: Home is an owner-occupied residential property built before 1978 and is in Portland. A child under age 6 occupies the home at least 60 hours a year or a pregnant woman lives in the home. Total household income is at or below 80% of HUD Area Median Income adjusted for family size. Total household assets do not exceed $20,000. Property is not located in a flood plain.
Additional program details here.

Heating

An Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan is an efficient fan, or blower motor which blows the air that your furnace heats up through the duct system.

Tax credit: $50. Expires December 31, 2020.
Requirement: Must use no more than 2% of the furnace’s total energy.
Additional program details here.

Biomass stoves burn biomass fuel to heat a home or heat water. Biomass fuel includes agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including acquating plants), grasses, residues, and fibers.

Tax credit: $300
Requirement: Thermal efficiency rating of at least 75%
Additional program details here.

Cash incentive: $150-$250
Requirements: Qualifying models only. Gas fireplace must also be vented to the outside with sealed combustion. For NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista customers only.
Additional program details here.

  1. Cash incentive: $550
    Requirements: Eligibility based off of income. Must be eligible for Savings Within Reach. Furnace must have 90% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) or greater. Gas furnaces used as backup for high-efficiency heat pumps, also known as hybrid systems, are not eligible. For NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, or Avista customers only. Eligibility based off of income.
    Additional program details here.
  2. Tax credit: $150. Expires December 31, 2020.
    Requirements: Gas furnaces that are ENERGY STAR certified (except those for U.S. South only) meet the requirements for the furnace tax credit. Gas and oil furnaces that have earned the ENERGY STAR include fans that meet the requirements of the fan tax credit.
    Additional program details here.

Tax credit: $300. Expires December 31, 2020.
Requirement: Heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified meet the requirements for this tax credit.
Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15
Package systems:
HSPF >= 8
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14
Additional program details here.

Cash incentive: $500 cash incentive
Requirements: Home must be a single-family or manufactured home and currently use electric resistance heat as the primary heat source. Ductless heat pump must replace electric resistance heat, have a heating seasonal performance factor of 9.0 or greater and by installed by a qualified contractor.
Additional program details here

Cash Incentive: $650-$1,350
Requirements: Unit must be home’s primary heating source. Unit must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualifying products. Heat pump cannot have a backup gas heating system. Cannot be combined with other Energy Trust heat pump or controls incentives.
Additional program details here.

Tax credit (federal):  26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021; drops to 22% for 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022. Expires December 31, 2021.
Requirement: Must meet the requirements of the ENERGY STAR program which are in effect at the time of the expenditure. Tax credits includes installation costs. The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.
Additional program details.

Cash oncentive: $700 cash incentive for efficient heat pump
Requirements: Unit must have a heating seasonal performance factor of 8.5 or greater. PGE or Pacific Power customers only.
Additional program details here.

Cash incentive: $250 cash incentive. Can be combined with $700 cash heat pump incentive.
Requirements: Controls must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualifying products. Installation must be performed by a contractor with a valid Oregon Construction Contractors Board license. Heat pump must have electric furnace backup to qualify. Controls must either have an outdoor temperature sensor and be configured with a 35 degree furnace lockout, or be a qualified web-enabled model that is connected to the internet.
Additional program details here.

Instant discount: $100 instant coupon
Requirements: Smart thermostat must be on Energy Trust’s list of qualified products, be connected to the internet through Wi-Fi, and configured with home’s location. Home must be heated with electricity or natural gas provided by PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, or Avista.
Additional program details here.

Cooling

  1. Tax credit: $300. Expires December 31, 2020.
    Requirements: Air conditioners recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient meet the requirements for this tax credit.   To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase.
    Split Systems:

    SEER>= 16
    EER >= 13
    Package systems:
    SEER >= 14
    EER >= 12
    Additional program details here.
  2. Cash incentive: $250
    Requirement: Minimum nominal Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 15 or greater for the outdoor unit, and a minimum total system Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of 12 or greater
    Additional program details here.

Appliances

Incentive: Benefits available for customers purchasing from select retail locations will vary but may include price discounts at the time of purchase, improved financing options, or other benefits.
Requirements: Appliance must feature the Energy Trust logo.
Additional program details here.

Cash Incentive: $75
Requirements: Cash incentive available when replacing existing washing machine with efficient water-conserving models to save water and money. For residents of Lake Oswego, OR.
Additional program details here.

Roofs

Tax credit: 10% of the cost, up to $500 (NOT INCLUDING INSTALLATION)
Requirement: “Metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings” and “asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules” that also meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
Additional program details here.

Lighting

Incentive: Discount received at time of purchase
Requirement: Bulb must be ENERGY STAR certified LEDs. Just look for the Energy Trust logo in these stores to find qualifying models (Participating retail store locations, qualifying models and discounts are subject to change. To ensure availability, please call the participating store nearest you):

    • A-Boy Supply
    • Ace Hardware
    • Batteries Plus Bulbs
    • Bi-Mart
    • Canby Builders Supply
    • Costco
    • Diamond Home Improvement
    • Do It Best
    • Dollar General
    • Dollar Tree
    • Fred Meyer
    • Globe Lighting
    • Goodwill
    • Grover Electric and Plumbing Supply
    • Habitat ReStore
    • Lowe’s
    • Market of Choice
    • Parkrose Hardware
    • QFC
    • St. Vincent De Paul
    • Target
    • The Home Depot
    • The Rebuilding Center
    • True Value
    • Walgreens
    • Walmart

      Additional program details here.