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Clean Energy Works (CEW) is the Northwest region’s largest non-profit home performance provider. CEW is a model of modern efficiency, built on the notion that we can save energy, improve a home’s comfort and value and reduce carbon emissions, while creating high-quality jobs for Oregonians who really need them. We do this by activating a powerful collaboration of local contractors, lenders, governments and utilities to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to improve the comfort, efficiency and health of their homes.

We’re out to see that the people of a community have what they need to be, feel, and work at their best. Families, with the peace-of-mind that comes from a home buttoned up for safety, comfort, and efficiency. Local businesses, with staff to support and empower. Communities, agencies and infrastructure, with goals of robust todays and tomorrows.

At the heart of it all: people. Better home performance = better human experiences

Yes, though not at the front of our process. The goal of Clean Energy Works is to ensure your Home Performance Upgrade is as easy and time efficient as possible. The requisite 100 Point Performance Check can make multiple bids highly time-consuming for you, and for contractors.

We have thoroughly screened each of the contractors that participate in CEW and actively monitor their activities in the program. In addition, because we understand that customers may have a variety of expectations regarding the costs of home performance measures, we provide you with a personal Home Performance Advisor who reviews your bid and helps explain typical costs so that you can select the project that meets your goals.

If you feel that your bid is unreasonably priced or that the scope of the bid does not match your stated priorities, please bring it to the attention of your Home Performance Advisor. With that information, we can work towards a resolution with your contractor or, if you feel that another bid is needed, we will restart the process with another contractor that we feel can better meet your needs.

Once your application is complete, you will be paired with a contractor. If a contractor referred you directly to us, and you entered the “Rebate Code” they provided to you, then you will be paired with that contractor.

If a contractor did not refer you and/or during the application you did not enter a “Rebate Code” from a contractor, then we will pair you with one of our certified contractor partners.

Of course, you are welcome to select another contractor from our list of participating contractors if you like, but you must do so before your 100 Point Performance Check is scheduled. To select another contractor please contact our helpline toll free at 1-855-870-0049.

Your best interests are a Home Performance Advisor’s first priority. A Home Performance Advisor is an independent and objective technical resource you can access by phone or email at any point during your Clean Energy Works project.

Like your contractor, Home Performance Advisors are trained in home energy efficiency and building science, and have been certified by the Building Performance Institute.

Absolutely. The Home Performance Advisors work for Clean Energy Works – not the contractor – so they are completely independent and objective.

A Home Performance Advisor is available to you throughout the entire process. In the field and at the office, they monitor your project, triple check the numbers and generally watch your back. You can count on a Home Performance Advisor to:

  • Evaluate the data from your 100 Point Performance Check
  • Review your work proposal to ensure accuracy and fairness
  • Verify your Rebate amounts

Once your contractor has installed your upgrades, a Home Performance Advisor attends your Quality Review to inspect your project and ensure everything performs as promised. If anything needs fixing, they work with your contractor to get it right.

You can also connect with a Home Performance Advisor at any point during your home performance upgrade to ask questions about work scope, costs and savings, rebates, financing or any technical questions about your home’s performance. Home Performance Advisors are available by phone or email throughout your project at [email protected], and Toll Free 1-855-870-0049

If there’s a problem with a Home Performance Advisor we want to know about it and will do everything we can to resolve any issues. We have a number of advisors on staff and can always connect you with a different advisor if necessary. You can submit a complaint through our online contact form or by calling our contact center at (855) 870-0049.

You can find a list of participating contractors here.

All contractors that participate in Clean Energy Works are not only Energy Trust of Oregon trade allies but are also certified by the Building Performance Institute – an independent, not-for-profit organization and the nation’s leading developer of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. Our contractor partners have also met stringent labor standards to ensure you are working with contractors of the highest integrity. All CEW Contractors must:

  • Employ key staff that are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI).
  • Commit to pay a family-supporting wage.
  • Pledge to employ highly qualified minority and historically under-represented tradespeople.
  • Agree to provide reasonable Employee Health Care.

As soon as your 100 Point Performance Check is scheduled, you’ll receive an email with the name of your contractor and their contact information.

Once you have a 100 Point Performance Check performed by your contractor we prefer that you do not change contractors. If you encounter any problems with your contractor, or have any questions, please call us and speak with your Home Performance Advisor.  CEW Home Performance Advisors are there for customers, so they can help answer any questions related to a work proposal or any other component of the work.

We routinely conduct customer service surveys to evaluate homeowner satisfaction with each of our contractor partners. If there’s a pattern of dissatisfaction with one of our contractor partners we will take steps to remedy that situation – including suspension or removal from Clean Energy Works. You can submit a complaint through our online portal, by calling our contact center or simply discuss the issue with your Home Performance Advisor.

Your work actually begins before the 100 Point Performance Check, by spending 5 minutes on the online eValuation.  This is your first indication of where your home is wasting energy and money.

The first step to a totally optimized home, and a service unique to Clean Energy Works, is our 100-Point Home Performance Check. To determine if your house is a good candidate for upgrades, a Clean Energy Works contractor will come to your house with a freshly sharpened #2 pencil and perform a 100-point inspection. Once inspected top to bottom, inside and out, you, your contractor and your very own Home Performance Advisor determine if your house will benefit from the full CEW treatment. Then all that’s left is pinpointing your goals and developing a plan of attack.

During the 100 Point Performance Check your CEW Contractor looks at:

  • The Building Envelope: How well does your home protect you from harsh weather elements?
  • Mechanical Systems: Ensure lifetime efficiency for all heating and cooling equipment
  • Instant Savings: lighting, water conservation improvements
  • Indoor Air Quality: radon, moisture, VOC’s and particulates
  • Seismic Improvements: is your home bolted to the foundation?
  • Solar: Are you able to generate your energy?
  • Appliances: High efficiency ENERGY STAR models save money and energy
  • A Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor is part of a team of experts, including an independent and objective home performance advisor to bring the best of building science to whatever needs fixing.

A Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor is part of a team of experts, including an independent and objective home performance advisor to bring the best of building science to whatever needs fixing.

A 100 Point Performance Check is required to participate with Clean Energy Works. A CEW 100 Point Performance Check reduces the guesswork and ensures that you and your Contractor are aligned in expectations for the project work. Your contractor will pinpoint areas to reduce your home’s energy waste and improve your family’s comfort and safety. Your Contractor will walk you through step-by-step what they found in your home, and discuss options for upgrades that meet your goals – and your budget. It’s also the basis for your contractor and our lending partners to present an integrated cost estimate, available rebates and financing package, complete with monthly payment and expected project outcomes.

It sounds like you had a Home Energy Review, which is a good start but not as detailed as a 100 Point Performance Check. The 100 Point Performance Check is the basis for your contractor and our lending partners to prepare your customized proposal that includes a cost estimate, available savings and financing options.

A few homeowners have gone through the process in as little as one month. But on average, it takes 4-5 months from the time an application is received to complete the process. Part of this depends on you, the homeowner. Some homeowners need more time than others to review their bid and financing package before they are comfortable signing them. If you move more quickly than others, you can get through the program in considerably less time.

Financing is not a requirement to participate and projects can be paid for in cash. Please connect with your contractor about proceeding with paying for your project in cash.

Clean Energy Works project costs depends on your home’s unique situation. That’s why the first step is to test your home’s performance so we can pinpoint opportunities for upgrades. On average, homeowners pay between $12K – $15K on their project.

CEW is a unique “one-stop shop” for home performance upgrades. We provide access to skilled contractors, we provide quality control and oversight, we bring lenders to the table to help finance each home upgrade and in some cases, we can provide on-bill financing that allows you to pay back your loan on a utility bill. It is possible to complete work on your home without CEW, but our unique model makes it easy to have access to everything you need to complete the job in one place. The success of our program is due in large part to the reliable quality control and convenience we deliver for our customers.

In addition, when you work with Clean Energy Works, you are working with Contractors who have the highest levels of certification and have committed to upholding High Road Agreement employment and contracting standards. Through CEW, you are supporting local businesses that provide living wages and health care to employees and hire from a diverse pool of skilled workers.

For more information on average projects costs visit our Rebates & Financing page and select your region.

In a nutshell, you always get more with Clean Energy Works. More Savings, More Service, More Value.

We want to ensure that your home performance project fits your pocketbook. To make it easier and more affordable, we assemble all available cash incentives into one convenient rebate package to offset the cost of your project. First, we deliver all the same available utility and Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives. Next, The CEW Bump delivers additional benefits with further offsets to the total project cost – for upgrades not typically covered by utility incentives.

Combined with special promotions, you’re looking at up to $3,250 in savings.

Plus – the 100 Point Performance Check ($250 value) and a final Quality Inspection ($250) add in a whole lot of value. Additional home performance services available through Clean Energy Works include radon mitigation, seismic upgrades and solar installations.

Your contractor will present these to you after your 100 Point Home Performance Check has been performed. The work proposal is usually presented between a month and a month and a half after you apply to the program, depending on circumstances.

Your savings depend on your home and your energy use. We expect approximately 10% of participants may see their annual energy savings offset the annual loan payments in the first year, while the other 90% will pay more, averaging an extra $35 per month (assuming constant energy use and prices). However, even a modest 5% annual increase in energy prices coupled with responsible energy use choices may mean all participants could see annual savings (net of energy expenses) during their loan periods.

Clean Energy Works does not offer tax advice. Energy Trust Tax Credit Information provides helpful tips. The Oregon Department of Energy website and and U.S. Department of Energy website provide information on tax incentives for energy efficiency home improvements. It’s best to consult your tax accountant to determine whether your participation in Clean Energy Works qualifies for any of these incentives. You may also contact the Oregon Department of Energy at 503-378-4040 or toll free at 800-221-8035.