Insulation Self-Install

Self install insulation cash incentives

Properly insulating your attic/ceiling and floors keeps you comfortable throughout the year, reduces outside noise, saves energy and reduces your heating and cooling costs. It's also one weatherization technique many homeowners can tackle themselves—provided you have the right insulation materials, protective clothing and how-to information. To maximize the performance of your insulation, and qualify for an incentive, it is recommended you seal air leaks in areas where insulation will be installed. Air leaks can be sealed by the homeowner or qualified contractor.  

Insulation improves your comfort during winter and summer. While you need to buy heating equipment and fuel to stay warm in winter, in summer you can cool off without major spending. Keep cool in hot weather with these tips to beat the heat.

 Energy Trust offers cash back for installing your own insulation. Read more below about applying for cash incentives.

Energy Trust Incentives

We offer cash incentives for eligible homeowners who install their own insulation. Participants must review and install to the requirements in our Specifications Manual. Each insulation incentive can only be paid once per home, regardless of ownership. Incentives are paid for materials only, not labor. An Energy Trust verification is required to receive an incentive.

Electric- and gas-heated homes:
Attic/ceiling insulation: $0.25 per square foot

Floor insulation: $0.30 per square foot

Knee wall: $0.30 per square foot

To qualify for this incentive:

Area Existing Insulate to:
Attic/ceiling insulation R-18 or less R-38
Floor insulation R-11 or less R-30 or fill floor cavity
Knee wall insulation R-4 or less R-15 for 2x4 cavities; R-21 for 2x6 cavities; Cover attic side of wall with vapor permeable air barrier.

Incentive offer is subject to funding availability and may change.

Tax Credits

Oregon residential energy tax credit: An Oregon tax credit may be available. View availability and requirements. Ask your tax professional for complete details.

Federal energy tax credit: A federal tax credit may be available. View availability and requirements. Ask your tax professional for complete details.

Oregon customers heating their homes with electricity or natural gas from Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas can participate.

NW Natural customers in Washington who heat their homes with natural gas can also receive our incentives.

Oregon homeowners who 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 State Home Oil Weatherization program.

Energy Trust does not pay incentives for energy-efficiency improvements that are required for building code compliance, such as remodeling, renovation or new additions to a home. Contact Energy Trust's Existing Homes team to find out if a prequalification is required for your self-installed insulation project.

Incentives are not intended to influence consumer decisions on fuel sources.

Follow these easy steps to get cash back for self-installing insulation in your home:

1: Establish your eligibility and call 1.866.368.7878 to receive pre-approval on your work.

2:  Seal air leaks and install insulation in qualifying areas according to the specifications in our Specifications Manual.

3: Sign and submit your application and checklist form within 90 days of installation.
Apply online, or mail or fax your signed and completed application and checklist form, along with insulation receipts, to:

Mail:
Energy Trust of Oregon
Existing Homes
P.O. Box 40508
Portland, OR 97240

Fax: 1.866.516.7592

4: Complete a post-installation verification. When we receive your form, we will contact you to schedule a verification. Self-installed insulation is verified prior to incentive payment.

Please allow six to eight weeks for incentive processing and payment.

Questions? Call us at 1.866.368.7878.

Oregon Customers

Apply Now

If you are unable to use the online application, complete and then mail or fax Energy Trust Form 320S (PDF | Doc), along with your receipts, to receive a cash incentive for self-installed insulation improvements.

NW Natural Customers in Washington

Apply Now

If you are unable to use the online application, complete and then mail or fax Energy Trust Form 320S-WA (PDF | Doc), along with your receipt marked "paid in full," to receive a cash incentive for self-installed insulation improvements.