Updates

To find out what is new throughout the Energy Trust Trade Ally Network, just select your program below.

ENERGY STAR refrigerator specification update

As of September 15, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency implemented several changes to the ENERGY STAR® product specifications for residential refrigerators and freezers. This specification update includes most full-size and compact refrigerators and freezers that use at least 10 percent less energy than the 2014 federal standards, and is designed to provide more savings to consumers who purchase ENERGY STAR products.

As a result of these changes, many independent retailers are struggling to keep refrigerators on the sales floor while old units are phased out and demand for new units is surpassing supply. Many models are back-ordered until October.

If you are a retailer with qualified models on back order, your field representative will apply clings to those models once your supply is restocked. Your field representative can also answer questions about the new specifications.

If your customers have questions, let them know that qualified models will continue to be listed on the qualified products list that is available on Energy Trust’s website.

For more information, visit ENERGY STAR’s website.

Posted: 10/07/2014 Program: Retail
Upcoming Products marketing activities

Energy Trust’s fall lighting campaign begins this month in the Portland, Mid-Willamette, Southern and Central Oregon regions. Ads will encourage customers to purchase energy-efficient CFLs and LEDs. Online banner and mobile ads will run throughout the state, with radio ads in the Portland metro area.

Posted: 10/07/2014 Program: Retail
Encourage customers to purchase ENERGY STAR qualified LEDs

Not all LEDs are created equal. To ensure your customers receive the most benefit when purchasing LED bulbs, encourage them to purchase LED bulbs that meet ENERGY STAR® and Energy Trust standards. These bulbs have been tested for quality and are guaranteed to:

  • Use 85 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 years longer
  • Maintain consistent light output over time—output only decreases toward the end of the rated lifetime of at least 10,000 hours
  • Turn on instantly at full brightness
  • Be dimmable without flickering
  • Use no power when the fixture is turned off

To learn more about the advantages of LEDs, visit www.enerygtrust.org/lighting.

Posted: 10/07/2014 Program: Retail
Is your staff reading Insider?

If not, they could be missing out on important updates. Reading Insider is an effective way for your sales staff to stay informed on incentive updates, industry news and other important program information. Encourage your staff to sign up online to receive the newsletter by email every month.

Posted: 10/07/2014 Program: New Homes, Retail
Solar water heating and solar pool heating measures discontinued November 7

Energy Trust has been actively engaged with the Oregon Public Utility Commission as it reviews the cost-effectiveness of certain energy-efficiency measures, including solar water heating and solar pool heating. As stewards of utility customer dollars, Energy Trust is required by law to use cost-effectiveness analyses and tests to ensure incentive dollars are provided for measures that pay back the customer’s investment within a reasonable timeframe and benefit all utility customers. Based on its review, the OPUC concluded that Energy Trust incentives need to be discontinued for residential and commercial solar water heating and solar pool heating measures because they are no longer passing the cost-effectiveness tests.

As a result, Energy Trust will discontinue the Solar Water Heating program and solar water heating cash incentives for residential and commercial customers. We understand these measures are important to you and your customers, and discontinuation of the incentives has implications for your business. Here are details to help you navigate these changes.

  • No impact on solar electric projects: This decision will have no impact on the availability of incentives for solar electric projects, which are evaluated under a different set of economic criteria.
  • Final deadline for new incentive applications: The final deadline for submitting residential and commercial solar water heating and solar pool heating incentive applications is November 7, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. PST.
  • Existing incentive reservations: There should be no impact on residential and commercial customers who have existing incentive reservations.
  • Solar-ready water heating deadlines: Solar-ready water heating measures must be installed by December 31, 2014, and the Solar Ready Checklist must be submitted to Energy Trust by a qualified New Homes verifier by January 1, 2015, to qualify completed projects for incentives.
  • Solar water heating ally designation discontinued: Energy Trust will retire the solar water heating trade ally and solar water heating design ally designations as of November 7.  
  • Energy Trust customer communications: On October 8, Energy Trust replaced the solar water heating incentive web pages with a single web page directing residential and commercial customers to other funding and online resources.

For more information, read the full announcement or contact Jennifer Hall, Energy Trust solar project manager.

Posted: 10/06/2014 Program: Existing Commercial Buildings, Existing Homes, Multifamily, New Commercial Buildings, New Homes, Solar, Retail, SW Washington
Serial numbers no longer needed for appliance incentive applications

Customers no longer need to include the serial number for qualifying clothes washers, refrigerators or freezers on incentive applications. Removing the serial number requirement aims to help reduce missing information on incentive applications, which means customers can receive their incentive checks faster.

Written content referencing the serial number has been removed from online applications and web copy. Paper applications will not be updated to reflect this change. If customers have questions about serial numbers on their applications, notify them of this change.

Posted: 09/03/2014 Program: Retail
Upcoming Products marketing activities

Energy Trust’s summer advertising campaign continues in target regions throughout the state. Ads will promote incentives for efficient appliances and encourage customers to purchase energy-efficient CFLs and LEDs. Online banner and mobile ads will run throughout the state, with radio ads and TV ads promoting refrigerator recycling in the Portland metro area.

Posted: 09/03/2014 Program: Retail
Energy-efficient clothes washers

Your customers may save money and energy by hanging their clothes to dry on the line during the summer, and they could save even more by using an ENERGY STAR® clothes washer to do the wash. High-efficiency clothes washers use 35 to 50 percent less water and 50 percent less energy per load than standard models. Not only will your customers save money in the long run, they can receive an Energy Trust incentive of up to $70 incentive for purchasing a high-efficiency washer.  

Learn more about clothes washer incentives here.

Posted: 09/03/2014 Program: Retail
Upcoming Products marketing activities

Energy Trust’s summer advertising campaign kicks off August 17 in target regions throughout the state. Ads will promote efficient appliance incentives and encourage customers to purchase energy-efficient CFLs and LEDs. Online banner and mobile ads will run throughout the state, with radio ads in the Portland metro area.

Posted: 08/04/2014 Program: Retail
Products call center closed Monday, September 1

Energy Trust Products call center will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 1.

Posted: 08/04/2014 Program: Retail