The Energy Trust of Oregon has announced the Existing Home incentive changes going into effect for projects installed on or after January 1, 2013.

This information comes directly from the Energy Trust. For the complete details, please go to www.energytrust.org

To start, incentives for air leakage testing, duct sealing for electric and gas heated homes and duct leakage testing for electric and gas heated homes are being discontinued altogether.

Packages and bonuses are also being discontinued. This change affects all multiple-measure packages and bonuses, including:
-Home Comfort Package
-Heat Pump Premium Installation Package
-Windows Bonus Package
-Solar Bonus Package
-Home Performance and Solar Assessment Package

The air sealing program is being modified. As of January 1, 2013, only Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Savings Within Reach trade allies may offer the air sealing incentives. The incentive for sealing air leaks will become a flat incentive of $150 per residential structure for both gas and electric heated homes. To receive an incentive for sealing air leaks, projects must meet specific criteria which can be found on the Energy Trust website.

Attic insulation – Modified requirements as of January 1, 2013. To receive an incentive for attic insulation, the pre-existing attic condition must be R-12 or less, and it must be insulated to R-38. The incentive amount will remain at $0.25 per sq. ft. for professionally installed attic insulation.

Floor insulation – Modified requirements as of January 1, 2013. To receive an incentive for floor insulation, the pre-existing floor condition must be R-0, and the floor must be insulated to R-30 or the cavity between the joists filled. The incentive amount will remain at $0.30 per sq. ft. for professionally installed floor insulation.

Gas tank water heater – Modified incentive goes into effect January 1, 2013. The incentive for ENERGY STAR gas tank water heaters with an efficiency factor (EF) of 0.67 or greater will be reduced to $125 from $150.

Solar water heating – Modified incentives and requirements are currently in review. More information will be available in December.

Solar Electric – Solar electric incentives will continue to be evaluated based on market conditions and available funding.

Direct-vent gas fireplace – New requirements go into effect January 1, 2013. An additional ignition system will be available for qualifying direct-vent gas fireplaces, broadening the range of qualifying units. Fireplaces must be equipped with either a pilot on-demand ignition system or an intermittent pilot ignition. The incentive amounts will remain at $250 for units with a fireplace efficiency (FE) of 70% or greater, and $200 for units with a 65-69% FE.

Ductless Heat Pump – New qualifications go into effect January 1, 2013. An $800 incentive will be available to owners of mobile homes who heat their homes with electric-resistance heat and upgrade to a qualifying ductless heat pump. The $800 incentive is still available for single-family homeowners. Ductless heat pump projects must meet the following requirements to be eligible for incentives:
     -Must be inverter driven
     -Must have a minimum five-year warranty
     -Line sets must be enclosed by a line set cover
     -Must be used to heat the main area of the home
     -Must be installed by a contractor who has attended a manufacturer  training and Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project orientation.
     -The incentive is limited to a maximum of two indoor units per outdoor unit.

Heat Pump Water Heater – New measure goes into effect January 1, 2013. An incentive of $500 will be available for qualifying heat pump water heaters. To receive an incentive, heat pump water heaters must be installed by a Smart Water Heat participating contractor and meet the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Northern Climate Tier II specifications requirements.

Heat Pump Advanced Controls – New measure goes into effect January 1, 2013. An incentive of $250 will be available for qualifying electric-heated homes. A thermostat with an outdoor sensor must be installed and programmed for the heat pump to run only when the outdoor temperature is 40 degrees or lower. Thermostats must be installed by a contractor and approved by Existing Homes.

That sums it up for single family homes in Oregon. If you have any questions please call any of our sales staff at any of our three offices or go to the Energy Trusts website at www.energytrust.org .

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