Going solar is easier than ever!

October 21, 2021

Have you ever thought about switching to solar energy, but dismissed it as too difficult or expensive? Do you want to add a solar array to your roof, but have no idea where to start? Or are you feeling left out of the solar craze because you don’t own a home? Well, read on! Now […]

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Teaching Reusable Habits: Saving Energy

March 5, 2021

One of the main components of living a sustainable life is learning how to conserve resources. Saving energy is a simple way to help protect the environment, and this week’s Lunch Bites Highlight focuses on tips to teach your students how to save energy both at home and in the classroom. Learning how to be […]

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Accessory Dwelling Units: A Sustainable Housing Solution

September 24, 2020

Guest post from Mary Hearn, ADU Enthusiast & Advocate Learn more about the ADU Lab here.  Allowing homeowners to add accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to their property is one of the most promising infill development strategies we have for increasing our supply of housing within the existing fabric of our community. Many communities across the […]

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With EPS, energy performance is in the details

September 22, 2020

Guest post from Energy Trust of Oregon See the benefits of energy-efficient homes at this year’s virtual Central Oregon Green Tour. Energy experts and homeowners will give you the insider’s scoop and lead video tours of EPSTM rated homes built for quality, comfort and efficiency. Brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, EPS is […]

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Get involved with Bend’s climate future

July 8, 2020

The City of Bend is actively recruiting nine positions for the Environment and Climate Committee (ECC) until July 31, 2020. During the June 17th, 2020 City Council meeting, Bend City Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics […]

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Tips for buying an energy efficient home

April 29, 2020

The home buying process is, well, a process.   It’s important to have conversations about efficiency during the homebuying process and not just after so that you can find an energy efficient home–or at least on that can be upgraded for efficiency. These simple tips can save a lot of energy further down the road. Work […]

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What does my house need to charge an Electric Car?

April 23, 2020

Whether you already own an electric car (EV) or are considering one in the future, when you are looking at new homes it is important to consider what it takes to charge an electric car at home. Depending on how the house is set up, it could limit the speed or cost of installing EV […]

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5 ways to save energy in your kitchen while quarantined

April 6, 2020

Don’t let social distancing get the best of your energy budget! These are some tried-and-true ways to save energy that are extra relevant while you’re quarantined at home. Whether it’s just you or your whole family, there are a lot more meals happening in our own kitchens than ever before. 1. Use your dishwasher. We […]

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4 things you need to know about the EV Charging Tax Credit

March 11, 2020

In a late December session, congress passed a bill that extended the electric vehicle charging tax credit that will cover 30% of the cost for residential or workplace charging. Because the EV charging tax credit got passed right at the end of 2019, there has been very little information available for you to file your […]

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Going Solar in 2020

February 11, 2020

New pots of money mean growing opportunities for solar access In 2020, just about everything we knew about solar incentives has been shaken up. Here’s a quick overview of what is happening on the solar coaster this year. Oregon Solar and Solar + Storage Rebate Program HB 2618​ (2019) created a new solar and solar plus […]

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