Energy & Solar
Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. How we create and use energy are some of the largest drivers of carbon emissions here in the U.S. Doing what you can to use less energy, either through efficiency upgrades or through conservation are important steps to transitioning away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.
The Bend Energy Challenge is a program of The Environmental Center that helps everyone in Bend save energy and make their homes healthier and more comfortable. Subscribe to the email list to get exclusive deals to make your home more comfortable.
Small changes can make a big difference. If we all start making small changes today, we can have an immediate and substantial impact on the amount of energy that our Bend uses. Check out the Bend Energy Challenge website for a variety of resources, including information on:
- Low-cost and DIY projects
- Efficient lighting
- Upgrading your appliances
- Energy assessments
- Going solar
Here are some energy-saving tips, starting with the lowest-cost ones that you can do whether you rent or own your home, working up to tips that require more financial investment.
Drop 3 degrees – Did you know that for every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to 3% on your heating costs? Or that by setting your thermostat to 60 – 62 degrees at night you can really start to dial in the savings? It’s quick. It’s easy.
Power down – When you’re away, the phantoms will play–and wreak havoc with your energy bills. A phantom load is any device that consumes electricity when shut off–like your TV, entertainment system, and many more! Go on the hunt today and make sure there aren’t too many phantoms lurking around your house. Find out more here.
Stay lit with LEDs—Light your home during these dark winter months with super-efficient light bulbs. LEDs use 80% less energy than your standard incandescent light bulbs. Have you signed up get to receive your free LED light bulbs from the Bend Energy Challenge? If not, you’re missing out on saving $100+ on your energy bills. This program has expanded to include Redmond, Tumalo, and outside Bend city limits.
Maintain your heating system – Want in on a dirty little secret? A less-than-pristine furnace could be costing you, big time. Furnaces with dirty filters or ducts waste energy and money, shorten the life of your furnace, and pollute your indoor air. The good news? Cleaning up your furnace’s act starts with changing the filter regularly. It is recommended that you change your filters at least every 3 months, but the more people and pets you have in your home, the more you should think about changing your filters. Find out more here.
Get an energy assessment — This is the most comprehensive action you can take to systematically reduce energy use in your home. An energy assessment is a series of diagnostics for your home. After gathering more than 100 points of data, your home performance contractor is going to identity what improvements will give you the biggest bang for your buck. The biggest goal of an energy assessment is just to understand how your home is using and losing energy. Moving forward, this allows you to make educated decisions about home improvements so that you can make the best decisions for your family’s health and comfort. Sign up for an energy assessment today.
Interested in making the switch to LEDS? For free?
Learn more about our free LED program and get up to 16 FREE LEDS.
Buy Green Power
Buying green power from your local electric utility is easy to do. It requires a small increase in your businesses monthly bill but no special equipment or a significant capital investment.
These programs add electrons from renewable sources—wind, solar and geothermal—to our regional power grid. And they might earn your business some recognition for its commitment to green power. Learn more about your utility’s programs by clicking one of the links below.