City of Portland Home Energy Score Program

Starting at the begining of 2018, sellers of single-family homes in the City of Portland must obtain and disclose a Home Energy Report estimating the energy-related use, associated costs, and cost-effective solutions to improve the home’s energy efficiency. The Home Energy Score and the Home Energy Report must be provided for real estate listings and … Read More.

4 Innovative Ways to Save the Wilderness and Ourselves

At this point, we know humans have had a huge impact on the environment; attempts to mitigate these effects have seen rapid advancement thanks to increasing urgency and ever growing technology. Today, conservationists find a wealth of tools at their disposal, allowing for amazing and ever-evolving relationships with the flora and fauna they seek to … Read More.

Are You Ready for the EcoChallenge?

[ October 14, 2016; October 28, 2016; ] Small Actions Add Up to Real Change
The Northwest Earth Institute invites you to take on a personal sustainability challenge, and join thousands of other par- ticipants as they prove that small actions add up to real change during the 2016 EcoChallenge.

The EcoChallenge provides the tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives you … Read More.

Simple Fixes for 6 Common HVAC Problems

Are you facing issues with your HVAC? Before you throw something at it in frustration, you need to check out these simple fixes!
Top Hint – Clean and replace the air filters regularly. Dirty, clogged or damaged air filters reduce air flow, which makes your HVAC system work harder. They can also allow dirt to enter … Read More.

5 Best Gadgets for Monitoring Your Energy Use

Bill Gates is investing $2 billion in renewable technology over the next five years, according to an interview with The Financial Times. “Cleantech” companies and startups are on the rise with investors looking for the next big thing in green technology. But you don’t need to wait for the technology sector to catch up and … Read More.

Top Five Energy-Efficient Home Appliances

The importance of sustainable living is picking up momentum. From buying locally grown produce to conserving water, there are endless ways to help make your mark on our planet in a positive way right in your own home.
For those interested in making their home even more eco-friendly — to help save the planet and to … Read More.

How to Beat Your Heat Bill in 10 Simple Steps

As the temperatures outside drop this winter, keep your home’s interior warm and comfortable with these effective heat-saving strategies. The following tips will also help your household conserve energy and reduce utility costs throughout this season.
 
1. Hang Thermal Curtains
Cover windows with heavy, woven drapes to prevent heat from escaping through the glass panes. Keep … Read More.

10 Ways to Keep Your Heat Indoors this Winter

Along with the changing seasons comes that inevitable dip in temperature which makes you want to snuggle under a blanket and avoid the frigid outdoors as much as possible. However, despite your efforts to shut out the cold weather, sometimes warm air escapes through windows, doors and other openings, thereby causing temperatures to drop inside.
Implementing … Read More.