GIVE YOUR HOME A SMART UPGRADE

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of making upgrades to your home. Many homeowners find it difficult to navigate the process of learning about new technologies, figuring out incentives, and working with contractors.

Whether you’re confused about costs, or uncertain about first steps, we’ve boiled it down for you.

 

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to home improvement, from lifestyle to finances to personal values. After you answer the big questions, delving into the small details is just part of the fun!

To get started, let’s take a step back and focus on the three main questions you’ll want to ask yourself:

EASY UPGRADES IN JUST 3 STEPS

Which upgrades are right for my home?

Home Energy Use

If you’ve never thought about efficiency before, Energy.gov is a great place to start. They have information on the most important efficiency upgrades in your home – weatherization, heating and cooling, water heating, and appliances.

Maybe you already have an idea of where your home’s weaknesses lie – drafty windows, ancient appliances, or a failing water heater. If you’re not sure, try taking an online Home Energy Quiz with Enhabit – by answering a few questions, you can get a better idea of the areas you should focus on. When you’re ready to make upgrades, Enhabit will also pair you with a trusted contractor for an in-home visit.

We’re always on the lookout for the best options for efficiency upgrades – check out our current favorites

 

What financial assistance exists to help pay for home upgrades?

New, efficient technology can be expensive! However, there are many financial incentives to help bring down the price of efficiency upgrades, making them more affordable. Incentives typically come in the form of utility incentives and/or tax credits.

Utility Incentives
  • Pacific Power customers can receive incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon.
    • Note: Energy Trust of Oregon also offers incentives for NW Natural customers
  • Consumers Power customers can receive incentives directly from CPI.
Tax Credits
Other Financing Programs

There are a few programs in Corvallis that aim to help homeowners finance their upgrades.

  • Seeds for the Sol is a local program that provides zero-interest loans to homeowners looking to install solar.
  • Enhabit offers instant rebates and no-money-down financing to help homeowners make upgrades to their home.

 

Who can I contact to help me with home upgrades?

If you’re ready to start looking for a local contractor, we recommend choosing from Energy Trust’s list of Trade Allies. The contractors on this list are knowledgeable about efficiency and most will even be willing to help you with incentive paperwork.