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First Lady, energy leaders highlight Mahonia Hall improvements and growing home performance industry

​(Salem, OR) — Today, First Lady Cylvia Hayes and representatives from Neil Kelly Company, Energy Trust of Oregon, Clean Energy Works Oregon, and other energy efficiency companies highlighted improvements that have been made to Mahonia Hall, Oregon’s official residence for governors, to reduce energy use and costs. The project reflects the growth of the home performance industry, which is serving as an economic development and job creation engine across Oregon.

“A significant part of Oregon’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan is to meet future growth in electricity demand through efficiency and conservation,” said Cylvia Hayes, First Lady of Oregon. “Thanks to this donated work, Mahonia Hall is setting a good example of how energy efficiency can save energy and money while boosting family wage jobs and supporting Oregon companies.”

Updates to Mahonia Hall, which was built in 1924, include donated products and services that improved insulation, sealed air leaks, and installed energy-saving lighting and Indow Windows. An Energy Trust audit helped identify energy-saving opportunities, and improvements were designed to preserve the character of the registered historic building.

“Mahonia Hall is a beautiful example of the transformative effect of home energy upgrades,” said Derek Smith of Clean Energy Works Oregon. “Since 2009, we’ve made more than 3,300 Oregon homes more efficient and more comfortable, and we’ve benefitted communities and people by creating hundreds of full-time, family wage jobs.”

Neil Kelly Company oversaw the Mahonia installation. “Reducing energy consumption is top of mind for many Oregonians, including the Governor and First Lady,” said Tom Kelly, president of Neil Kelly Company. “With our company’s focus on creating sustainable, energy-efficient homes, we were proud to help Mahonia save energy. The best part is that this project had no cost to Oregon taxpayers, while the savings will be felt for the next decade and beyond.”

Peter West, energy programs director at Energy Trust, praised the project. “Energy Trust is proud to support these improvements at Mahonia Hall, and in homes and businesses across our service territory. Thanks to First Lady Cylvia Hayes and Governor Kitzhaber for showing how energy efficiency not only provides comfort and energy bill savings, but powerful economic benefits for all Oregonians.”

According to the Oregon Department of Energy, about half the energy used in homes goes to heating and cooling. Sealing air leaks is a cost-effective way to reduce costs, while improving insulation makes homes more efficient and comfortable. For homeowners, measures like energy testing and sealing ductwork can qualify for Oregon’s Residential Energy Tax Credit program, and tax credits are also available for high efficiency heat pumps, furnaces and water heaters. Energy Trust cash incentives may also apply.

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