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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Local Realtors share their take on the Home Energy Score

November 28, 2019

Proposed Mandate Will Shine a Light on Home Energy Use Submitted by: Abbie + Rick Sams, licensed brokers, Team Sams at Fred Real Estate Group The City of Bend’s Climate Action Steering Committee has been diligently working on the Community Climate Action Plan, CCAP, which will help guide the City and the community in pursuit […]

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Mandatory transparency, not mandatory change

November 20, 2019

Local Realtors share their take on the Home Energy Score Submitted by: Mike Tucker, licensed broker  My name is Mike Tucker. I’m a real estate broker with Windemere Real Estate. I’ve been working in the Central Oregon market for 5 years. I participated in the Working Groups that the Climate Action Steering Committee used to […]

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Why Bend needs a Home Energy Score

November 18, 2019

Here at The Environmental Center, we care about the environment, climate change, and affordable housing. And we think the Home Energy Score needs to be part of Bend’s Community Climate Action Plan. First of all, the low-down on what exactly we are talking about. A Home Energy Score (HES) program would require a home to […]

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Common misconceptions about the Home Energy Score

November 4, 2019

For more background on what the Home Energy Score is, visit our previous blog post What is the Home Energy Score and why is it in the CCAP? Why Home Energy Scores? The Oregon Department of Energy’s 2018 Biennial Energy Report took a deep dive into energy consumers in our state. Unfortunately, Oregon continues to see […]

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What is the Home Energy Score and why is it in the CCAP?

November 1, 2019

The Home Energy Score is a specific sub-action that is called out in Bend’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP). It states: Energy in Buildings Strategy 3: Implement benchmarking and disclosure programs for energy performance (page 24 in the CCAP) Sub-action: Implement a Home Energy Score program that requires every home to be scored on its […]

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A loan for energy projects paid through your energy bill

July 5, 2018

This is way more exciting than it sounds If you’re going to save money when you make home energy upgrades, wouldn’t it be nice to apply those savings directly to your financing payments? Well, it turns out someone out there is really trying to make saving energy as easy as possible. This is exactly what you can […]

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Expiring tax credits for efficiency products and solar

October 27, 2017

Excellent motivation to jump on your energy-saving to do list before the end of the year Almost forty years ago Oregon was a leader in the energy efficiency movement when the state created the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program. The Oregon Department of Energy has overseen this program with the intention of encouraging Oregon residents to […]

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The Powerhouse on Union Street – Green Tour Site # 1

September 20, 2017

A Creative Path To Zero Energy for Two Small Homes The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on this property is a powerhouse. Literally. The solar panels on the roof of this small one bed, one bath ADU, produce a “net positive” amount of energy. This means that it at the end of the year, this home […]

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