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Landlords & Property Managers of Single-Family Homes

Keep tenants comfortable and maintenance costs low

Energy efficiency is a proven way to save money and boost the appeal of your single-family rental property. Energy-saving upgrades can lower maintenance costs for older, failing equipment, increase tenant comfort and retention, and improve your ability to quickly fill vacant properties. Work with a qualified Energy Trust trade ally contractor on eligible projects and receive increased incentives as a discount on your invoice.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    If you live in Oregon, you must heat your rental property with electricity or natural gas provided by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista.

    If you live in Washington, you must heat your rental property with natural gas provided by NW Natural.

    Please see the Details tab for additional requirements.

  2. Select an Energy Trust trade ally contractor trained to provide Instant Incentives.

    To receive an Energy Trust cash incentive, contact a qualified Energy Trust trade ally contractor.

  3. After installation, your contractor will submit your signed incentive application.

    Your contractor will deduct your incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket expenses. You are responsible for paying the balance of the invoice. Your contractor will then submit all required paperwork to Energy Trust on your behalf, and Energy Trust will reimburse your contractor directly for these incentives.*

    *Certain insulation can be self-installed; see Details tab.

    For self-install insulation: Sign and submit your application within 60 days. Please allow six to eight weeks for incentive processing and payment.

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    Send by Mail

    Energy Trust of Oregon
    Residential
    818 SW 3rd Ave #215
    Portland, OR 97204

    Send by Fax
    1.866.516.7592

Incentive amounts listed below include limited-time bonuses. Customers are eligible to receive bonus incentives if installed by an Energy Trust trade ally contractor or actively licensed contractor. Find an Energy Trust trade ally contractor.

Oregon

The following incentives are available for single-family and manufactured home rental properties unless otherwise stated.

Energy Improvement Incentive Requirements
Ductless heat pump $1,000 per residential structure

Home must be a single-family or manufactured home and currently use electric resistance heat as the primary heat source.

One indoor unit must be installed in the primary living area of the home, must displace electric resistance heat, have a heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) of 9.0 or greater and be installed by a qualified contractor.

Ducted heat pump $1,000

HSPF of 8.5 or greater. Must replace electric forced-air furnace as primary heat source.

Cannot be combined with other heat pump, heat pump controls or thermostat incentives.

Heat pump controls $250

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

Installation must be performed by a contractor with a valid Oregon Construction Contractors Board license.

Existing or replacement heat pump must have electric furnace backup to qualify.

Controls must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualifying products. Controls must have an outdoor temperature sensor or be web-enabled and retrieve weather data from the internet. Must lockout electric furnace auxiliary heat at 35°F or lower. Cannot be combined with other heat pump, heat pump controls or smart thermostat incentives.

This incentive may not be combined with the $1,000 ducted heat pump incentive.

Extended capacity heat pump $1,650

Must replace electric forced-air furnace 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.

Gas furnace $550

90% AFUE or greater. Must be home’s primary heat source. A CO monitor is required on every floor with a bedroom.

Heat pump water heater $270

Eligible models must meet Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Advanced Water Hear Specification Tier 3 and replace an existing electric water heater to qualify.

Attic insulation $0.50 per square foot

If existing condition is R-11 or less, insulate to R-38.

Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Wall insulation* $0.50 per square foot

Exterior wall insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-11 or fill wall cavity; all heated exterior wall surfaces must be insulated.

Knee wall insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 for 2×4 cavities; R-21 for 2×6 cavities; cover attic side of wall with vapor permeable air barrier. Please note: Attic insulation must be R-19 or higher in order for knee wall insulation to be eligible for an incentive.

Rim joist insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 or fill cavity.

Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Floor insulation* $0.40 per square foot

If existing condition is R-0, insulate to R-30 or fill cavity.

Other incentives are available for multifamily rental properties in Oregon. Visit our Multifamily page to view cash incentives.

Washington

The following incentives are available for detached single-family, manufactured homes, attached side-by-side units, and duplex, triplex, and fourplex rental properties in Washington. Energy Trust offers different incentives for larger multifamily rental properties.

Energy Improvement Incentive Requirements
Gas furnace $550 $1,000

Amount listed includes bonus incentives. Installation must be completed by December 31, 2021.

90% AFUE or greater. Must be home’s primary heat source. A CO monitor is required on every floor with a bedroom.

Gas tankless water heater $200 $400

Amount listed includes bonus incentives. Installation must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Energy factor, UEF, must be 0.81 or greater.

Smart thermostat (self-install) $80

Smart thermostat model must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualified products, be connected to the internet through your Wi-Fi network and configured with your home’s location. Home must be primarily heated by a gas forced-air furnace. See the Thermostat page for incentive details.

Smart thermostat (contractor-installed) $100

Must be installed by an actively licensed Washington contractor. Smart thermostat model must be included in Energy Trust’s list of qualified products, be connected to the internet through your Wi-Fi network and configured with your home’s location. Home must be primarily heated by a gas forced-air furnace.

Attic insulation $0.75 per square foot

Home must be heated by gas. If existing condition is R-11 or less, insulate to R-38.

Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Wall insulation* $0.75 per square foot

Home must be heated by gas. If R-4 or less, insulate to R-11 or fill cavity. Manufactured homes are not eligible for this incentive.

Knee wall insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 for 2×4 cavities; R-21 for 2×6 cavities; cover attic side of wall with vapor-permeable air barrier.

Rim joist insulation:
If existing condition is R-4 or less, insulate to R-15 or fill cavity.

Floor insulation* $0.75 per square foot

Home must be heated by gas. If R-0, insulate to R-30 or fill cavity.

*Attic, knee wall, and floor insulation can also be self-installed. These incentives can also be customer paid and do not require the use of an Energy Trust trade ally offering instant incentives. See Step 3 on the Steps tab for the application information.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change. Incentives are not intended to influence consumer decisions on fuel sources.

Visit the Energy Trust Renters page to find information on cost-effective, energy-saving tips for you and your tenants.

Questions?

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