The Home Energy Score and Community Energy Project

Beginning January 1, 2018, single-family homes for sale in Portland are required to receive a home energy score assessment before they can be listed.  The results of this score are disclosed to potential home buyers, allowing them to better understand the home’s annual energy use and costs.  The home energy score is a rating between 1 and 10.  If your home scores a 5,

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Community Solar

Last year a rule was passed (SB 1547) that allows Community Solar in Oregon,  meaning people of ALL housing types can take part in the solar movement! If you owned no roof at all, you could still own part of a solar installation and get discounts on your power bill each month. The law also stated that 10% of what’s generated must benefit low-income

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Partnering to Reduce Lead Hazards

In September Multnomah County conducted an investigation for a child who had lead poisoning. The home was built in 1906, and the investigation revealed that the primary exposure point was due to deteriorated lead-based paint on the kitchen floor. The family did not have the means to make the repairs to solve the issue, and were in process of applying to the Lead Hazard

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Seth Francis Found His Niche Volunteering at CEP

Seth Francis was looking for a way to share his passion of helping people live more comfortably in their homes. He found the perfect outlet by presenting information during CEP’s weatherization workshops. He currently works for a Portland engineering firm and previously worked at Earth Advantage, where he tested buildings for energy efficiency. He enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge in the energy field

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Small Repair, Big Difference

Imagine if a broken step could keep you from being able to leave your home. Or if you needed a handrail to navigate stairs – and without that handrail you can only enjoy one level of a two-story home. If you’re able-bodied, these things might not mean much to you – but for those with mobility issues a few improvements can be life-changing… or

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HDR starts CEP Volunteer Days on a High Note

Employees from HDR Engineering Inc. kicked off CEP Volunteer Days in grand fashion by helping to weatherize two homes on October 14. “It is extremely important to have plastic on the windows,” said Shirley. “I am very fortunate to have this work done at my home and my Dad’s place. It makes a world of difference when it starts getting cold and the wind

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CEP Builds Stairs of Security for Evelyn

For over 40 years, Evelyn has lived in a NE Portland home built in the 1920s. She survived breast cancer in the early 2000s and now suffers from Type 2 diabetes. A neighbor introduced Evelyn to Community Energy Project and she called to have Service Technicians fix the deteriorating front steps of her home. Recently, the technicians were back, to replace rotted and broken

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Getting the Lead Out – One Paint Chip at a Time

In 2002, when Gretchan Jackson and her husband Kurt purchased a home built in 1957, they were not aware that lead was in the exterior paint. “The house had been newly painted for selling and as new homeowners, painting nor lead wasn’t on our radar,” said Gretchan. “It wasn’t until the paint became degraded did we begin to recall there might be lead in

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Farewell Ron!

Ron Bannister, our Development Director, is in for some serious changes in his life! In this month, he will be marrying his long-term partner and moving to California. Unfortunately, the commute is unrealistic for him to stay at CEP, so we must bid him a very fond farewell. Over the past year, Ron has worked hard to build a robust donor-centric environment where supporters

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Solar & Cooling Workshop

Community Energy Project is working with Bonneville Environmental Foundation to create a new workshop specifically for tenants in low-income housing that are having solar panels installed on the roof. However, given the fact that solar in Oregon has recently become a relevant topic for low-income households and that we’ve had a toasty summer, we thought we would offer the workshop to the public. We

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