|Keeping out the cold during winter and the heat during summer is one of the best things you can do to reduce your energy costs. In Oregon, you can get assistance to determine which energy-saving measures will save you the most money in the shortest time. And there are cash payments to help you pay for them.
Oil, propane, kerosene, butane, or wood-heated homes
The Oregon Department of Energy administers the State Home Oil Weatherization (SHOW) Program, which serves Oregon households that heat with oil, propane, kerosene, butane, or wood. SHOW-eligible homeowners can conduct their own energy audit and apply for cash cash payments for installed weatherization and heating measures.
Eligible SHOW homeowners can receive a maximum cash payment of $500 among the following choices while funds last:
The $500 limit is per household and excludes any cash payments previously approved. Either owner-occupied homes or rentals may qualify for cash payments if heated with fuel oil (oil, propane, butane, or kerosene) or wood. If you own a qualified rental home, please call the Oregon Department of Energy at 1-800-221-8035 before you begin.
- Insulation (attic/ceiling, floor, wall, ducts) - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $500
- Weatherstripping, caulking, and air sealing - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $200
- Programmable thermostat - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $100
- Replacement oil burner 80% or more efficiency - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $500
- Replacement oil furnace 81% or more efficiency - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $500
- Replacement windows - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $500
- Insulated exterior door - 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $200
- Duct sealing and insulation (using Bonneville Power Administration's Prescriptive Duct Sealing Specifications)- 50% of the total cost up to a maximum cash payment of $200
Weatherstripping and caulking seal your home can prevent the exchange of indoor air with outdoor air. While you save energy by stopping heating leaks, you must also make sure that you have enough fresh air and ventilation for healthy air quality.
Please review this quick guide from the federal Department of Energy on how to keep your home’s air quality balanced and under control.
What to do
- You can choose to have a contractor of your choice complete the Energy Audit Checklist help you determine what your home has and what it needs to ensure it is adequately weatherized. or You can complete the Energy Audit Checklist yourself. (See Audit Web page for more information.)
- Decide which energy conservation measures you want to install.
- Have a licensed contractor complete the work and sign the Energy cash payment form
Do the work yourself and complete the Energy cash payment form.
- Mail the receipts (or copies of the receipts), the Energy cash payment form, and the Energy Audit Checklist to:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97301-3737
Receipts must be dated, itemized and marked that the work has been paid-in-full. If you do the work yourself, the cost should be for the product or material only (no labor costs included). If a contractor does the work, labor can be included.
You will receive a cash payment check in approximately four weeks. The maximum cash payment is $500. cash payments are available as long as there is funding.
All energy efficiency improvements must meet SHOW´s installation standards and may be inspected on request.
Electric or gas heated-homes
Electric and gas utilities may offer their heating customers home energy reviews and cash payments on some weatherization measures. Call the utility that provides your heating fuel. If that utility is Portland General Electric (PGE), Pacific Power, Cascade Natural Gas, or Northwest Natural, contact the Energy Trust of Oregon at 1-866-368-7878. Also, check the utility incentives listing.
Duct and Heat Pump Tax Credit Technicians
All forms needed for cash payment
Energy Audit Checklist form (pdf)
Energy cash payment form
Energy Cash Payment for Rental Home (pdf)
More information on home Energy Audits
Where You Can Save in Your House (pdf)
Ten Ways to Save
Energy Assistance Resources
CAP Agency Application
Oregon Administrative Rules
Division 60 (pdf)
Effective December 5, 2008
(effective September 1, 2007):