2016 and 2017 ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year. Based in Portland and Bend, GreenSavers is a national leader in home energy efficiency. Get a home energy audit or estimate for insulation, windows, furnace, air conditioner, ductless heat pump, water heater, seismic or solar system.
 

HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Portland and Bend, Oregon

 
 
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Based in Portland and Bend
Insulation, heating and cooling, windows, seismic, solar

 

GreenSavers is a contractor specializing in home energy efficiency. Most of our clients start with a home energy audit or estimate for insulation, windows, heating and cooling, seismic, or solar in Portland or Bend, Oregon. To schedule an appointment, please give us a call or feel free to self-schedule online.

 
 

More about GreenSavers - We're the only contractor in Oregon recognized by the US EPA and US DOE for making outstanding contributions to energy efficiency. In both 2016 and 2017, we were selected from 1,600 contractors across the country as Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year. We're proud of the work that we do and service that we provide. That's why every project comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

 
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Our mission is to improve lives, inspire our team, and serve our communities by building in a better, more holistic way. In January 2018, GreenSavers will become the first dedicated home performance contractor in the country to join the B Corp community. B Corps are companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
 

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Our services in Portland and Bend, Oregon


Assess: We provide home energy audits and estimates for insulation, heating and cooling systems, water heaters, windows, seismic retrofits and solar panels in Portland and Bend, Oregon. If you'd like to learn more about our home energy audit, please take a couple minutes to watch the energy audit video overview.
Weatherize: We seal air leaks and install insulation as well as energy efficient windows and doors. It's worth watching our insulation video overview. We go top to bottom, installing attic insulation, wall insulation and floor insulation. What's more, we use only evironmentally responsible cellulose and fiberglass.
Heat and cool: The acronym HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. We specialize in energy efficient HVAC systems, like ductless heat pumps, furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners. We also install efficient water heaters, including instant water heaters and heat pump water heaters.
Seismic: We do seismic retrofits to help homeowners in Portland prepare for a major earthquake. Most of our seismic retrofits include an automatic gas shutoff valve, foundation bolting and bracing, as well as water heater strapping. Check out our seismic video overview to see a seismic project from start to finish.
Solar: We install solar panels for homes in Portland and Bend, Oregon. GreenSavers is a one-stop-shop for solar, meaning that we handle the entire process from design to permitting, installation, and rebate processing. Across the State of Oregon, more than 8,000 homeowners have installed solar panels.
 
 

Schedule a home energy audit or estimate online

 

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Where to start? If you have a more general concern, like high energy bills or uneven temperatures between rooms, it's best to start with a home energy audit. An energy audit takes 2-3 hours and includes our full set of diagnostic tests. Take a look at the video overview, sample Home Performance Report and Indoor Air Quality Report included in the audit. An estimate is best if you only want pricing for 1 or 2 specific upgrades. We provide estimates for insulation, windows, heating and cooling systems, water heaters, seismic retrofits and solar panels in Portland and Bend, Oregon.
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Home energy efficiency in Portland and Bend, Oregon

 

What's the most cost effective way to make my home more energy efficient?
The answer depends on the details of your home. What matters most for you could be attic insulation, wall insulation or floor insulation; it could be a new furnace, ductless heat pump or heat pump water heater. To get a prioritized list of upgrades, complete with pricing and cash incentives, you should schedule a home energy audit. This is the best way to understand how your home works and what you can do to improve the comfort, safety and energy efficiency.

Are there energy rebates or tax credits to offset the cost of my upgrades?
Yes! Depending on your project, you can take advantage of cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon as well as state and federal tax credits. GreenSavers handles the paperwork needed to process your incentives and tax credits. This is done at no extra charge. As a trade ally contractor with Energy Trust, we have the highest rating - 3 out or 3 stars - for customer service and quality performance.

What exactly is a "home performance contractor"?
GreenSavers is a dedicated home performance contractor. That means we take a systems approach to home improvement. When we recommend an upgrade, like wall insulation, we dig in to understand how that upgrade will impact even seemingly unrelated areas of your home, like bathroom ventilation. It's critical to make sure that your home has just the right amount of air flow - Not so much that you're uncomfortably hot or cold, but not so little that you get an accumulation of moisture or carbon monoxide that can make you sick. To understand our approach to home improvement, please watch the video overview of our home energy audit and perhaps check out the Home Performance Report and Indoor Air Quality Report included in the audit.

 
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Tell me more about the insulation materials you use.
We choose environmentaly responsible cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation. It's worth perusing our insulation materials page, but here's a quick overview. When installing attic insulation and wall insulation, we use a product called Greenfiber cellulose insulation. Greenfiber is made with 85% recycled paper fiber. We use 2 different types of fiberglass insulation for floors and attic kneewalls: CertainTeed fiberglass insulation and Knauf EcoBatt® fiberglass insulation. CertainTeed has a plant-based binder with no formaldehyde, harsh acrylics, dyes or unnecessary fire retardants added. Knauf EcoBatts are made with at least 50% recycled glass content.

What does a home energy audit include?
The main tests that we perform during a home energy audit in Portland or Bend include: (1) blower door test, (2) infrared camera scan, (3) combustion safety test, (4) gas line inspection, and (5) indoor air quality assessment. We also do a visual inspection of the windows, seismic risk, and solar potential. What you get is a detailed breakdown of the priorities for comfort, safety, and efficiecy, complete with information about pricing, cash incentives and tax credits.

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What's a ductless heat pump or mini split heat pump?
Our ductless heat pump page is a good place to start. A ductless heat pump, also known as a ductless mini split or mini split heat pump, is the most efficient heating and cooling system on the market. We install Mitsubishi ductless heat pumps. In Bend, clients typically install ductless heat pumps to improve the efficiency of their electrically heated homes. In Portland, clients go ductless to make living spaces - usually upstairs bedrooms - more comfortable.

When do most people choose to install a new furnace?
The designed lifespan for most furnaces is 15-years. That's not to say that your furnace will stop working after 15 years, but rather, it's efficiency will start to drop significantly at that point. You can learn more aobut the energy efficient Rheem furnaces that we install by visiting our furnace page.

 
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What should I consider before installing an air conditioner or heat pump?
You have a lot of options for cooling in Portland and Bend, Oregon. If you're considering an air conditioning system, the first thing to know is that central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners. They're out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate. To get the most from a central air conditioning system, it's critical to consider both proper sizing and quality of installation. Another factor that's important for both air conditioners and heat pumps is the efficiency rating of the equipment, commonly referred to as SEER or "Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio."

What type of windows do you install?
Take a look at our windows page. GreenSavers is a proud distributer for Milgard, a Pacific Northwest company that offers a lifetime guarantee on all windows. We find that Milgard, which was founded in 1958, strikes the right balance between performance and cost for windows in Portland and Bend, Oregon.

 
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What type of water heater do you recommend?
It's important to choose the right water heater for your home. A standard electric water heater uses more energy than a refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer combined. If you have an electric water heater, especially one that's 10 or more years old, you should consider a heat pump water heater, which uses about 3-times less energy. If you have a gas water heater, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater (also known as an on demand water heater). A tankless system delivers a constant supply of hot water without the use of a storage tank. It's the most efficient way to heat water at home.

How do I know if my home is ready for a major earthquake in Portland?
Our seismic retrofit page has more information, but the first thing to consider is the age of your home. If it was built before the first seismic code in 1978 and it hasn't had a seismic retrofit, then chances are that you're not ready for a major earthquake. When we do a seismic inspection, we check the gas lines, sheer walls, water heater, and foundation, including connections between the home and foundation, support beams and footings. Our clients get a full breakdown of options and costs for gas shutoff valves, foundation bolting, and water heater strapping.

 
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What factors determine whether I can install solar panels?
If you're interested in residential solar in Portland or Bend, you should call to schedule a solar assessment. Factors that we consider include: (1) What's the age and condition of your roof? (2) What direction does your roof face? (3) What's the slope of your roof? (4) How much shading does your roof have?