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Extended Capacity Heat Pumps

$650-$1,350 cash incentive

Extended capacity heat pumps operate the same way as standard heat pumps and provide year-round comfort and save considerable energy by moving heat in or out of your home, depending on the season. The advantage of this technology is that extended capacity heat pumps can operate at freezing temperatures without engaging inefficient backup heating systems, saving you even more in the winter months.

If you live in a manufactured home, you may qualify for a limited-time increased heat pump incentive. Visit our heat pump promotion page for additional information.

See Qualifying Models

  1. Establish your eligibility

    You must live in Oregon and heat your home with electricity provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power.

  2. Select a contractor and have the work completed.

    To receive an Energy Trust cash incentive, contact a qualified energy-efficiency-trained Energy Trust trade ally contractor or any contractor with a current Oregon Construction Contractors Board license.

  3. Submit your incentive application within 60 days of installation.

    To complete your application, you’ll need to enter information such as the installation date, equipment serial/model number and efficiency rating, and include a scan or legible digital photo of your contractor’s invoice. Please gather this information before beginning your application.
    Your contractor may help you complete the application form. Please allow six to eight weeks for incentive processing and payment.

The following incentives are available for single-family and manufactured homes, as well as select multifamily residences:1

Energy Upgrade Incentive Requirements
Extended capacity heat pump $650

Must be home’s primary heating source.

Unit must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualifying products. Controls must be set with an auxiliary heat lockout setting when available.

Heat pump cannot have a backup gas heating system.

Cannot be combined with other Energy Trust heat pump or controls incentives.

Extended capacity heat pump (replacing electric resistance heat) $1,350

Must replace electric resistance heat (e.g., baseboards, wall heaters, etc.) as home’s primary heating source.

Unit must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualifying products.

Controls must be set with an auxiliary heat lockout setting when available.

Heat pump cannot have a backup gas heating system.

Cannot be combined with other Energy Trust heat pump or controls incentives.

1For multifamily residences, extended capacity heat pump must be installed in a duplex, triplex, fourplex or side-by-side property (such as a townhouse or rowhome).

Savings Within Reach

Income-qualified residents in Oregon who participate in Savings Within Reach are eligible to receive an increased cash incentive when a participating contractor installs a qualifying extended capacity heat pump. Special requirements apply.

Single-Family Rental Properties

If you own or manage a single-family rental property, you may qualify for limited-time increased incentives. To qualify, you must hire a participating Instant Incentive Energy Trust trade ally contractor trained to provide services for rental properties. Homes cannot be owner occupied.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

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

Download our heating infographic.

What is an extended capacity heat pump (ECHP)?

An ECHP is a variable-speed ducted heat pump system. It provides year-round heating and cooling by moving heat into your home during cold winter months and out of your home during hot summer months. Because heat pumps move heat instead of generating it, these systems are extremely energy efficient.

Why is an extended capacity heat pump more efficient than a standard heat pump?

An ECHP maintains a higher level of compressor heating output at lower temperatures when compared to a single-, two- or variable-speed heat pump. This allows the ECHP’s compressor to effectively operate in freezing temperatures without activating an inefficient backup strip heat or electric furnace. Avoiding the use of backup heat during cold months allows an ECHP to save a significant amount of energy during the winter.

Can I replace my old heat pump with an extended capacity unit as my home’s primary heat source and qualify for this incentive?

Yes. As long as the system does not have a gas furnace as a backup system and all other requirements are met, you can receive a $650 incentive for replacing your existing heat pump with an ECHP.

Can I replace my non-electric heating system with an extended capacity unit and qualify for this incentive?

Yes, however a gas furnace cannot be used as a backup system for the ECHP. In some instances, an ECHP can effectively heat your home without a forced air backup system. Ask your contractor if this option is appropriate for your home.

If the ECHP replaces a non-electric heating system and is installed with an electric backup system or no backup system at all, you can receive a $650 incentive.

Who can install my extended capacity heat pump?

It is strongly encouraged that you work with an Energy Trust trade ally contractor. See a list of trained trade ally contractors on the Participating Trade Ally page. They are trained on our offerings and requirements, and we verify the quality of their work. You may also work with any Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) licensed contractor to receive an ECHP as long as their work complies with Energy Trust requirements.

How do I apply for an extended capacity heat pump incentive?

To apply, complete a 320ECHP: Extended Capacity Heat Pump Incentive Application form after the qualifying unit has been installed. To complete your application, you’ll need to enter information such as the installation date, equipment serial/model number, and efficiency rating, and include a scan or legible digital photo of your contractor’s invoice. Energy Trust must receive applications within 60 days of installation. Once we receive your application, you should receive a check in the mail within six to eight weeks.

Some Energy Trust trade allies can provide an instant incentive as an immediate discount on your invoice. For a list of trade allies in your area that can offer Energy Trust instant incentives, visit the Find a Trade Ally Contractor page and search for “Instant Incentives.”

How do I know if the heat pump I plan to install qualifies for this incentive?

A qualified products list of ECHPs can be found here. If the heat pump you have in mind is not on the QPL, email the make and model of the system to residential@energytrust.org and we will determine its eligibility.

Can I combine my extended capacity heat pump incentive with other Energy Trust heat pump or heat pump control incentives?

No, the ECHP incentive cannot be combined with other heat pump or heat pump control incentives

Can I combine my extended capacity heat pump incentive with Energy Trust’s smart thermostat incentive?

No. In fact, ECHPs are not well-suited to working with third-party smart thermostats such as ecobee or Google Nest. It is highly encouraged the system be installed with the thermostat recommended by the heat pump manufacturer.

Questions?

Give us a call at 1.866.368.7878.