Oregon Housing and Community Services
Oregon Housing and Community Services administers the following energy and weatherization programs through local Community Action Agencies and other community service providers:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Provides help with home heating costs, including bill payment assistance, weatherization improvements and education.
- Oregon Energy Assistance Program
Helps low-income customers whose electric service has been disconnected or is in danger of being disconnected due to home heating costs. Available to electric heat customers of PGE and Pacific Power.
- Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program
Offers free weatherization and energy conservation services to reduce utility bills. Participants receive and energy audit and may qualify for insulation, furnace repair, heating duct improvements and minor energy-related home repairs.
Oregon Home Energy Assistance Team
Helps low-income Oregonians and families pay utility bills during emergencies such as a job loss or medical crisis. Assistance varies by community, and may include help with heating bills (electric, natural gas, oil, propane and wood) and electric bills (for lighting).
Community Energy Project
Provides in-home weatherization and safety repairs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, including installation of reusable, internally-mounted vinyl storm window kits that can roll up for the summer and compact fluorescent lights. Also conducts free workshops on weatherization, lead poisoning prevention and water conservation.
Utility bill payment plans
If you need help managing your utility bills, call your electricity, natural gas, oil or propane provider. They may offer payment plans to even out seasonal highs and lows, including an option that gives you 12 equal monthly payments.
State Home Oil Weatherization program
Homes that heat with oil, propane, kerosene, butane or wood can conduct their own energy audit and apply for cash rebates for installed weatherization upgrades through the Oregon Department of Energy's SHOW (State Home Oil Weatherization) program.