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Often the biggest challenge to improving energy efficiency at a multifamily property, is knowing where to start. Energy Trust of Oregon’s free instant savings upgrades
offer an easy, no-cost entry point to significantly reduce your energy consumption and costs.
Northwest Housing Alternatives has utilized this free service at ten sites in the Portland Metro area and Salem, saving the properties 212,680 kilowatt-hours, 11,000 therms and $24,280 in estimated annual energy costs. Marie Alaniz, resident service coordinator says “with the upgraded products provided and installed by Energy Trust, my residents save on their energy bills and substantially reduce water and electricity waste. Residents love the product upgrades and are pleased to be doing their part.”
These free energy-saving products, including LED bulbs, showerheads, shower wands, faucet aerators and advanced power strips, are more efficient and longer-lasting than standard equipment. LED bulbs use 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, while energy-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators not only save energy but also use up to 20 percent less water compared to standard fixtures. Advanced power strips reduce energy waste by shutting off power to devices that are not in use. These products give maintenance teams more time to tackle pressing site issues.
In addition to energy- and cost-savings, installation is quick and convenient with minimal disruption for residents. Products are typically installed in as little as five minutes per dwelling unit by Energy Trust representatives. “Energy Trust’s energy advisors were accommodating and very considerate of residents,” said Alaniz. “The whole process was very simple and well worth it.”