Oregon’s Clean Energy Works (now Enhabit) Improves Home Efficiency

Have you heard about Clean Energy Works? For years they have been known as the Northwest’s largest non-profit home performance provider. This month, Clean Energy Works revamped their operations and changed their organization’s name to Enhabit. In this post we offer information on how Enhabit helps improve home efficiency. Portland building demolition firms and homeowners share a common interest in creating energy efficient dwellings. As we conduct demolition in Oregon, we’re always looking for innovative ways to support cradle-to-cradle construction and eco-friendly demolition. Enhabit creates greener homes with smaller carbon footprints, something we can all benefit from.

What does Enhabit offer? Enhabit is a non-profit firm that specializes in home performance. They review several aspects of energy efficiency and create a comprehensive plan for each home. Their approach is to see each dwelling as a collection of systems that work together to create a comfortable and super-efficient dwelling.

Enhabit’s main areas of focus are Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, and Health & Safety.

Energy Efficiency is addressed in multiple areas, including heating and air conditioning, duct sealing, air sealing and insulation, high-tech water heating systems, and energy-efficient windows.

If you are interested in Solar Energy, a contractor will schedule an appointment and inspect the roof of your structure. At least ten years of roof life are required for solar installation. A modern electrical box that is compatible with solar systems is also required. You must also have sufficient roof space at the right orientation for panels to be installed. Finally, there must be room for the inverter, a wall-mounted unit that converts direct current (DC) from the solar panels to alternating current compatible with your home.

A Health and Safety Inspection can also be scheduled with Enhabit. This inspection reveals levels of radon and other home pollutants. Overall air quality and earthquake readiness are also assessed and analyzed.

Let’s look at some of the details of how to get started with Enhabit.

Initial Review. Interested homeowners can schedule a visit direct through Enhabit’s website. A contractor will visit your home and perform a free 100 Point Home Performance Check. Your home will be assigned an Energy Performance Score (EPS), which will help identify potential areas for improvement. After the upgrades have been completed, a quality review is conducted to ensure that your home is performing as well as it could be.

Financing and partnerships. Enhabit will help you find the right contractors for the job. They’ll also make sure that the cost of the project matches your budget. Enhabit works with promotions, rebates, and with a network of local lenders to provide many financing options. Customers of PGE, Pacific Power, and Northwest Natural also have repayment options through their utility bills.

Check out Enhabit today to find out more about how they can help your home achieve peak performance. They can make your home more energy-efficient, comfortable, and safer, while also providing many reasonable options for financing your home’s needed upgrades. As Portland building demolition projects continue, your Oregon demolition pros at Elder will continue to find green construction resources for consumers.

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