Since 1979, CEP has been providing free services to the community. Each program has different sets of qualifications, but if you use any of these services you will NEVER be charged a fee.Workshops are free for anybody to attend.
Most of our free services are great for renters and homeowners alike.
Our Weatherization Workshops are perfect for people living in drafty homes. Whether you have old windows or can see the light coming around the edges of your door, we have the tools to help. We walk you through step-by-step how to make simple energy efficient upgrades to your home, and behavioral changes to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills. Qualified participants get a free kit of weatherization supplies. Great for renters, too!
DIY Insulation Workshops are great for somebody who’s ready to weatherize their own attic space. We will walk you through everything you need to know to insulate an attic: safety, air sealing, ventilation, supplies, and financial incentives. Whether you’re going to do it yourself or just want to be well-informed, this workshop will support you.
We have two Lead Poisoning Prevention workshops – crafted for those living in older housing or potentially disturbing lead paint. Our Lead Poisoning Prevention workshop that covers the dangerous effects and common source of lead poisoning as well as basic prevention measures. In Lead-Safe Home Projects, you can learn how to conduct a lead paint disturbing project in a safe way. Both come with free safety kits and access to a HEPA vacuum cleaner for lead-safe cleanup.
As of 2018, Portland homes require a Home Energy Score if they are going on the real estate market. CEP now offers Home Energy Score Workshops. They are perfect for homeowners looking to sell their home, new home buyers, or realtors. We will teach you everything you need to know about how to interpret your Home Energy Score report, as well as cost effective energy efficiency upgrades that will improve your Home Energy Score. Come learn what an assessment entails, ways to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills. This class is also given for realtors and can be taken for CE credits.
Installing weatherization materials requires the ability to climb up and down step-ladders, raise your arms above your head for extended amounts of time, and to snap tracking together. We recognize this isn’t possible for everybody, and that’s where In-Home Services come in. Staff and trained volunteers install weatherization materials for lower-income seniors and people with disabilities. We also can make small safety repairs – from minor carpentry to grab-bar installation. Note: Repairs can only be conducted for some housing. Call for details.
Home Energy Score: Starting on January 1, 2018, anyone selling a home within Portland’s city limits will be required to obtain that house’s Home Energy Score and included it in all real estate listings, ads and online postings.