Energy

Five tips to keep smoke out of your home and business

August 8, 2022

With the major McKinney fire burning close to California border, we know that along with the fire threat, communities nearby are also coping with the threat of smoke.   Below are tips from Energy Trust of Oregon on how to keep smoke out of your home and the air in your home and businesses safe.   Replace your air filter frequently: During…

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Taking solar to new heights

June 5, 2022

Interview with Jeff Sharpe, Life-long Entrepreneur and Community Advocate, Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar Jeff Sharpe is the Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar, an Ashland-based solar manufacturer and installer firm. He has been a professional engineer and the founder/owner of various successful businesses for the past 35 years. JT: Welcome, Jeff! Please tell…

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How an Ashland Dental Office Generates Maximum Solar Energy with the Smallest Footprint

June 5, 2022

And reduced project costs by 60% with local incentives, federal and state tax credits Dr. Brandt Cullen, owner of Ashland Family Dentistry, has decided to go solar because of the long-term financial stability and energy security it would provide his business. When researching solutions and local solar installers, he found the elevated Strackers that were…

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Energy Trust appoints new board members with experience in energy justice, industrial energy research

March 26, 2022

The Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors has appointed two new volunteer members: Dr. Peter Therkelsen of Ashland and Silvia Tanner of Portland. Both have extensive experience in the energy sector, and both are committed to energy justice and exploring new ways to bring clean and affordable energy to communities underserved by Energy Trust.  “These two new appointments expand our current board’s…

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Stay warm this fall and winter while keeping energy costs down 

November 3, 2021

Just as we head into fall and winter, energy costs are rising across the country. According to the Consumer Price Index, energy costs nationally are up 25% from this time last year. That can cut into family budgets and mean less money for holiday shopping.  Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit that helps people cut energy…

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Five ways to improve indoor air quality, energy efficiency during wildfires   

August 3, 2021

With wildfires burning across Oregon, including the nearby Bootleg fire, and above-normal fire activity predicted for the western U.S., communities across Oregon and Washington are facing the threat of another smoke-filled summer.    Wildfires can pose health threats due to the microscopic particles from smoke. And that smoke can also make your heating and air condition systems work harder, contributing…

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Six tips to keep your home cooler, safer during the extreme heat

July 5, 2021

With the summer season starting, it’s a great time for Oregonians to take some small steps to keep their home cool and their energy bills cooler. And, with temperatures heating up and more than three-fourths of Oregon already in some stage of drought these low- and no-cost cooling and water-saving tips are sure to provide some much-needed relief.   1.    Power down heat-generating devices  Home appliances, electronics…

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Reopening after COVID: Simple Checks Can Save Your Business Energy and Money

July 5, 2021

With state restrictions lifting – shops, restaurants, office buildings, and others may soon see their largest crowds in more than a year. Along with considering health and safety for employees and customers, businesses may also be starting up equipment for the first time in months. Energy Trust of Oregon works with businesses of all sizes…

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New partnership brings energy and cost savings to businesses in rural Oregon

June 9, 2021

By Hannah Mullin  C+C  |  ALL ABOUT THE GOOD  There’s a new program helping small businesses in rural, southern Oregon save money and prepare for the future.  With fewer than 2,500 residents, the town of Lakeview is even more remote than most rural communities, meaning there are fewer contractors available to help when businesses need…

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Avista declares natural gas emission reduction goal

May 5, 2021

Company plans to reduce emissions 30% by 2030, 100% by 2045 On EarthDay, Avista announced its goal to reduce emissions for natural gas. Building on the company’s clean electricity goals, Avista has set a new aspirational natural gas goal of being carbon neutral by 2045, with a near-term goal of 30% reduction in greenhouse gas…

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What COVID-19 means for energy efficiency in Oregon

August 2, 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on Oregon’s energy-efficiency industry could be felt long after the pandemic is under control. That’s according to Energy Trust Executive Director Michael Colgrove, who was the featured speaker in a webinar this week hosted by the Association of Energy Services Professionals. Colgrove described how the state’s stay-at-home order, phased reopening and continuing…

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Expanding benefits of energy efficiency: water reliability

July 2, 2020

Energy Trust’s work to save energy and generate renewable energy is also helping improve the reliability of rural waterways. In the West, agriculture can account for more than 90% of consumptive water use, which is water that is permanently withdrawn from its source, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Non-consumptive use is water that…

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