What’s New?

Radon

Radon Many have probably heard of radon. It is a gas that is created by the radioactive decay of naturally occurring rock formations found in soils around Portland and beyond. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, but many people do not know whether their homes are affected. CEP recommends every home in

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Heat Pump Water Heaters

Starting in 2018 with the support of Energy Trust of Oregon, CEP started a direct install program to replace our clients’ old, electric hot water heaters with new, high efficiency heat pump water heaters. This begs the question…what is a heat pump water heater? Although the technology has been around for some time, it is not broadly known about. You may be familiar with

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Home Improvement Safety: Lead Resources

August is the perfect time to start thinking about home improvement projects. Before starting, it is important to do a little research on your home in order to prevent releasing hazardous waste inside or outside your home. One particular hazard that is not discussed enough is lead. Lead has been released into the environment through use of lead gasoline and lead paint. Luckily both

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Safe Home Project: 5 Ways To Work with Lead Paint

As the days get longer and weather gets less temperamental, home projects and renovations are starting to blossom up throughout every neighborhood. With about 80% of our region’s housing built before 1978, when the ban of lead-based paint took effect, your small home project may not be as straightforward as you thought. But never fear – our Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is here! Get

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Community Solar

The “Coal to Clean Bill” In 2016, Oregon passed Senate Bill 1547 – the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, to transition away from coal-fired power while doubling Oregon’s renewable energy by 2040. Part of the bill allows community solar, and included in the law is a requirement that 10% of all community solar generated must benefit low income households and provide Community Solar

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Beyond the Savings

We can all relate to the feeling of sitting next to an old window in winter. Despite the furnace roaring, and heat brushing your ankles, you cannot help but feel chilled. Comfort depends upon the combination of all the temperatures around you. If your old window is cold, the same 35 degrees as it is outside. The furnace is blowing hot air in an

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Home Solutions

Ready for a More Comfortable Home That Works Better? Community Energy Project has joined forces with Enhabit. CEP’s experienced home advisors make your next home upgrade easy. We will help you navigate options, get bids from qualified contractors, find the best financing and rebates, and partner with you every step of the way to ensure the job’s done right. As a non-profit, you can

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Home Energy Scores

Since 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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