Updates

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

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
LED prices continue to decline

Manufacturers report that LED lamp prices will continue to decrease through 2014, and some estimate that prices will drop by an average of 25 percent across the range of LED lighting products in the next four to six months.

With the market already highly receptive to LED bulbs, manufacturers are working on ways to make LEDs even more desirable by mimicking traditional incandescent bulbs in a number of ways. Recent LED improvements include:

  • Dimming capabilities that drop in color temperature to mirror the warmer color output of incandescent light bulbs.
  • Manipulating LEDs into a filament shape to simulate the look and feel of incandescent light bulbs.

For more information on LEDs, visit the Simple Steps Smart Savings website.

Posted: 08/04/2014 Program: Retail
Marketing tip: Use effective displays to sell products

Many retailers have started using wing-stack and end-cap displays to sell various efficient products, including CFLs, LEDs and efficient appliances. Successful displays capture a customer’s attention instantly with bold banners, flyers, coupons and visible price points. When creating your own display, consider the following:

  • Focus on new products or special promotions
  • Keep displays fully stocked
  • Change or rotate displays frequently
  • Place displays near complementary products
  • Keep product accessible and customers safe with clear aisles

Posted: 08/04/2014 Program: Retail
Are 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 Energy Trust program information. Encourage your staff to sign up online to receive the newsletter by email every month.

Posted: 08/04/2014 Program: New Homes, Retail, New Manufactured Homes
Appliance qualified product list update

In April and May, two clothes washer models were mistakenly removed from Energy Trust’s qualified appliance model list. As a result, Energy Trust requests that customers who purchased General Electric clothes washer models GFWH1400DWW and GFWS1500DWW between April 1 and May 31, 2014, resubmit their incentive application because their original application may have been denied. These models are now back on the qualified model list. We apologize for this error.

If you discover that other appliance models have been removed from the list but still meet the specifications below, contact the Products trade ally hotline at 1.877.283.0698, option 2.

Appliances must meet the following criteria to qualify for an incentive:

  • ENERGY STAR® refrigerators must be 30 percent or more efficient than the federal standard for efficiency.
  • Freezers must be 10 percent or more efficient than the federal standard for efficiency.
  • ENERGY STAR clothes washers must have a Modified Energy Factor of 2.4 or higher.

Posted: 07/07/2014 Program: Retail
What is Modified Energy Factor on the ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers list?

Energy Trust offers an incentive of $50 or $70 to customers who purchase clothes washers with a Modified Energy Factor, MEF, of 2.4 or higher. MEF is the energy performance metric for ENERGY STAR® qualified models—the higher the MEF, the more efficient the machine.

Variables used to determine the MEF include:

  • The capacity of the clothes container (must be at least 1.6 cubic feet)
  • The machine’s electrical energy consumption
  • The hot water energy consumption
  • The energy required to remove the remaining moisture for a wash load

Washers with an MEF of 2.4 or higher meet Energy Trust incentive qualifications, helping customers save energy and money. See the current list of clothes washers that qualify for Energy Trust incentives.

Posted: 07/07/2014 Program: Retail