Ashland, Oregon

Energy Efficiency

Regardless of the season, we can help you save money, make your home more comfortable, and reduce the impact on the environment.

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Program Overview

Home Energy Review

Begin with an on-site home energy review from our Residential Energy Analyst to help identify ways to reduce your energy use or get more out of the energy you use currently. The energy review may lead to simple immediate actions to improve the efficiency and control of your home or it could identify more significant actions to consider.

All weatherization and heating/cooling incentives require a City of Ashland utility home energy review to determine program eligibility and incentive amounts.

To schedule a home energy review or to get more information, contact Dan Cunningham - dan.cunningham@ashland.or.us / 541-552-2063

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Program Overview

Weatherization

Weatherization programs are designed to safely keep your home as warm or cool as you desire and minimize air leaks. This is primarily done through high efficiency windows and insulation. Because these programs are designed to improve the efficiency of heating/cooling of the home, only homes heated with electric heat sources are eligible for weatherization incentives.

Current incentives:

  • Insulation
  • Windows

A home energy review is required prior to incentive offerings.

Windows

Single family homes & multi family units 

  • .30-.23 u-value = $6 per sq. ft. of glass
  • .22 or lower u-value = $8 per sq. ft. of glass

Insulation

Attic insulation to R-49 or greater

  • $0.65 per sq. ft. if existing condition is R-0 to R-19
  • $0.26 per sq. ft. if existing condition is R-20 to R-49

Wall insulation

  • $0.66 per sq. ft. if existing condition is R-0

Floor insulation (must fill floor cavity) 

  • $0.40 per sq. ft. if existing condition is R-0 
  • Be a City of Ashland Electric utility customer.
  • Receive a home energy review from city staff. 
  • Only homes heated with electric heat sources are eligible for weatherization incentives. 

In order to apply for any of the weatherization or heating/cooling incentives you need to sign up for a home energy review. To do this, contact Dan Cunningham - dan.cunningham@ashland.or.us / 541-552-2063

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Heating & Cooling

Did you know that the average home uses half of their annual energy cost on heating and cooling? Replacing your old system with a highly efficient heat pump may be the answer to lowering your bill while adding comfort.

If you are looking for something quiet, easy to use, and energy-efficient, ductless heat pumps provide heating at a fraction of the cost of electric baseboard and wall heaters. They also provide cooling to keep your home comfortable year-round.

Current incentives:

  • Forced air heat pump
  • Forced air duct sealing
  • Ductless heat pump - mini-split

A home energy review is required prior to incentive offerings.

Forced air heat pump

All units must meet current Performance Testing Comfort Systems (PTCS) standards and entered into PTCS website.

  • New installation or replacement - 9.0 or greater HSPF - $500
  • Variable speed compressor - 9.0 or greater HSPF - $900

Forced air duct sealing (only for electric heat sources)

Incentive available only if pre-existing heat source is electric. 

  • Prescriptive duct sealing - $250
  • PTCS certified - $300 

Ductless heat pump - mini-split

  • Single or multi-head unit - 10.0 or greater HSPF - $1,200
    • Only available for replacement from electric resistance forced air units.
  • Single or multi-head unit - 10.0 or greater HSPF - $1,000
    • Only available for replacement from electric zonal heat, baseboard, wall or ceiling cable. 
  • Single or multi-head unit - 10.0 or greater HSPF - $500
    • Only available for replacement from non-electric fuel source and existing forced air heat pump. 

*HSPF = heating season performance factor 

  • Be a City of Ashland Electric utility customer.
  • Receive a home energy review from city staff. 
  • Unit must be replacing main heating system in home.

In order to apply for any of the weatherization or heating/cooling incentives you need to sign up for a home energy review. To do this, contact Dan Cunningham - dan.cunningham@ashland.or.us / 541-552-2063

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Program Overview

Heat Pump Water Heater

Would you like to cut your water heating energy costs by up to 60%? Upgrade to a heat pump water heater, which is 2-3 times as efficient as a standard electric water heater. Heat pump water heaters work in reverse of a refrigerator. Refrigerators remove heat from an enclosed box and expel heat. A heat pump water heater takes the heat from the surrounding air and transfers it to water in an enclosed tank.

Dependent on the number of people in your household, ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heaters consume less kilowatts per hour, which can help save you money on your utility bill.

The City offers a $600 incentive for installing a Tier III unit that is listed on the City of Ashland Qualified Product List. You must be replacing an electric or gas storage water heater.

 

  • Be a City of Ashland Electric utility customer.
  • Be installing a Tier III Heat Pump Water Heater in your home or rental that is listed on the City of Ashland Qualified Products List (QPL).
  • Must be installed in accordance to local code and applicable permits. 
  1. Ensure that you have read all program details and understand all program eligibility requirements. (Please contact staff early in the process if you have questions.) 
  2. Click here to download an application. You must include proof of purchase with your application.

Note: A home energy review is not required for this incentive, but highly encouraged. 

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Washer and Dryer Rebate

If you are replacing appliances in your home, we know they are expensive and making the right choice at the time of purchase can have significant energy and cost savings over the life of the appliance. Did you know that ENERGY STAR appliances use a minimum of 15% less energy than a standard appliance? Some models have even more savings.

Current incentives:

  • $50 for installing a new electric clothes dryer that has the ENERGY STAR label
  • $60 for installing a new washing machine that has the ENERGY STAR label with gas or electric water heat
  • Must be a City of Ashland Electric utility customer 
  • Be installing an ENERGY STAR labeled washing machine or electric clothes dryer in your home or rental. 
    • The washing machine rebate can be used for installations to gas or electric water heat.

Eligible models are identified with an ENERGY STAR label. Verify by reviewing the list of qualifying washing machines and electric dryers at www.energystar.gov

  1. Ensure that you have read all program details and understand all program eligibility requirements. (Please contact staff early in the process if you have questions.)
  2. Download the appropriate application. You must include proof of purchase with your application
  3. Upon approval, if you choose, rebate credit it will appear on your utility billing statement the month after the rebate application is submitted.
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Induction Cooktop/Range Rebate

Induction cooktops heat pots and pans directly through an electromagnetic field. The magnetic field strikes the iron molecules in your cookware, producing heat. This heat is only transferred between the coil and the pan, allowing induction cooking to be faster, more precise, and more efficient. From a safety standpoint, there is no open flame or indoor air pollution that is generated from combustion.

The incentive is for a permanent installation of an induction cooktop or range.

  • Residential - $150 for electric to induction / $200 for gas to induction
  • Commercial - $350 for electric to induction / $400 for gas to induction
Are you interested in trying out induction cooktop before you do a permanent installation? Coming this summer, you can check out a portable cooktop with the Jackson County Library Things!

Residential 

  • $150 rebate for switching from an electric cooktop to an induction cooktop/range. 
  • $200 rebate for switching from a gas cooktop to an induction cooktop/range.

Commercial

  • $350 rebate for switching from an electric cooktop to an induction cooktop/range. 
  • $400 rebate for switching from a gas cooktop to an induction cooktop/range. 

*A cooktop is the standalone burners that go on your counter. A range has both an oven and a cooktop in one appliance. 

Induction cooktop eligibility requirements 

  • Must be an active City of Ashland Electric utility customer (residential, commercial, industrial, or government) in good standing. 
  • Only one induction cooktop/range incentive may be issued per residential utility account. For other account types, more than one incentive may be available. Contact city staff to learn more. 
  • Be installing a permanent induction cooktop/range that works entirely on induction. (Portable cooktops are not eligible)
  • Must be purchased after June 1st, 2021. 

Appliance standards

  • Induction cooktops must be entirely induction. 
  • Induction ranges must have a cooktop that is entirely induction with an electric oven. 
  • The appliance cannot be duel fuel.  
  • Product must come with a 1 year warranty. 

Documentation required

  • Applicant name and contact information 
  • Primary Ashland Electric Utility customer information (name, account number, service address, and contact information)
  • Copy of receipt (invoice name matches applicant name) 
  • Before and after installation photos. Before photo must clearly show old appliance that is being replaced. 
  • Copy of all required permits (if applicable) 

Additional Information
Submissions that do not meet the program eligibility criteria will not be considered.

  • Incomplete documentation may result in incentive ineligibility.
  • The City is not responsible for documents lost or destroyed in transit or misdirected applications.
  • Submitted program application and accompanying documents becomes the property of the City.
  • The City reserves the right to request additional information or documentation to process an application.
  • Terms, conditions, and availability of this program may change at any time.
  • Incentives are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
  • Check will be issued to person listed as the incentive applicant.
  1. Ensure that you have read all program details and understand all program eligibility requirements. (Please contact staff early in the process if you have questions.) 
  2. Click here to fill out an online application. You must include proof of purchase and before/after photos. 
  3. Upon approval, a rebate check will be sent to the account holder. 
  • Do I need special cookware?
    • You will need cooking pans that contain iron. This is needed to activate the electromagnetic field that generates heat. Copper, aluminum, and glass will not work. If you are unsure, do a magnet test to the bottom of your pan. If purchasing new kitchenware, check to make sure it is compatible with induction cooktops.
  • Are they noisy?
    • There is a faint humming sound that comes the energy transfer. 
  • How is induction cooking better for indoor air quality?
    • Induction cooking does not produce combustion gases. 
  • Are induction cooktops more efficient?
    • Yes! Due to the direct transfer of heat there is less energy wasted. Various studies have found anywhere from 75-90% of the heat generated is used for cooking. In comparison, when cooking with gas, only around 30-40% of the heat generated is used for cooking.

To learn more about induction cooking, check out this great resource from Sacramento Utility District. This is for informational purposes and does not reflect the City of Ashland incentive. 

Electrify Now - Induction cooktop cooking demonstration 

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