Save On Clean Energy Home Upgrades
Using energy more efficiently and switching from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources are among the most impactful things we can do to reduce climate pollution. Right now there are a number of programs and incentives available that can help you save money and make your home safe and comfortable while also helping protect the environment.
The federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 funded a number of financial incentives to help households adopt clean energy technology and make energy efficiency home improvements. You can now receive tax credits for installing rooftop solar panels or a battery storage system for your home (30% of equipment and installation cost), purchasing an electric vehicle (up to $7500), and installing a heat pump air conditioner/heater (up to $2000). Rebates will also be available later this year for additional electric appliances, like electric stoves and heat pump clothes dryers, and other home weatherization and efficiency upgrades. Learn more about the Inflation Reduction Act at whitehouse.gov/cleanenergy. The national nonprofit organization Rewiring America also has a guide and household savings calculator at rewiringamerica.org/app/ira-calculator.
Portland General Electric (PGE) and the Energy Trust of Oregon also provide incentives and rebates for clean energy home upgrades, from smart thermostats, to heat pump HVAC systems, to electric vehicle chargers. Find more information at portlandgeneral.com/electrichome and energytrust.org/residential/incentives.
Even if you aren’t in a position to make home upgrades, you can still make a difference through your energy use. Sign up for PGE’s Green Future Choice program to match 100% of your electricity use with renewable energy, or participate in their Time of Day pricing or Peak Time Rebates program to help support our region’s transition to clean energy by optimizing your electricity use. Find out more at https://portlandgeneral.com/energy-choices.
And finally, check out our EcoHome LO program for more tips about how you can adopt sustainable practices at home and in your everyday life, and get recognized for your progress!