Do I need multiple bids to participate in Savings Within Reach?
No. Energy Trust does not require you to have multiple bids. However, to receive incentives, you must work with an Energy Trust trade ally contractor who participates in Savings Within Reach.
If I receive Savings Within Reach incentives, am I still eligible for other Energy Trust incentives?
Yes. If you invest in other qualifying energy-saving improvements—such as a high-efficiency water heater—you can receive standard Energy Trust incentives. However, each improvement is eligible for only one incentive. For example, if you install wall insulation, you must choose either the Savings Within Reach incentive or the standard Energy Trust incentive.
To receive standard incentives for a non-Savings Within Reach project, you pay the contractor in full, then submit your application and invoices to Energy Trust.
How do I determine my household’s gross annual income for Savings Within Reach?
Your gross annual income is the total amount currently earned annually by all household members before taxes and deductions. For example, if your hourly wage is $10 and you work 32 hours per week, your gross income is $16,640 (calculation: $10 hourly wage x 32 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = $16,640). Income includes all gross wages, tips, rental income, public assistance, social security or pensions, income from self-employment, alimony, or any other sources of income defined by the IRS income tax return.
Can I participate in Savings Within Reach if my household income is below the minimum income level?
Yes. However, if your gross income is below the minimum income level, you may qualify for free weatherization services from Oregon’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which is administered by Oregon Housing and Community Services. For more information, call 1.800.453.5511, option 2, or your local community action agency. You are not required to use these services before you participate in Savings Within Reach.
For Savings Within Reach, who counts as an occupant of my home?
Anyone who regularly sleeps at your home and is not considered a guest can be considered an occupant of your home. Children sleeping in your home as part of a shared custody agreement are considered occupants.