Portland Realtor Guide: Portland Ranks #3 Among National Energy Efficiency Leaders

Portland Real EstateEvery year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases their rankings of the most energy efficient states in America, and Oregon stepped up from last year’s fourth place ranking to nab the third place slot. It’s no secret that Oregon ranks among the best in therms of Sustainable Energy technology and alternative energy resources, but it’s heartening to see that Oregonians are also topping the list of efficient use of traditional energy sources. While solar, wind, and hydro electric technologies might change the direction of energy use in the future, smart use of existing resources is an immediate and significant way to proceed and preserve what we have. Many homeowners and business owners in Oregon are responsible for scaling back energy use, a move which saves money, resources, and creates a more efficient economy. The Portland Real Estate Market is loaded with homes for sale, and the most competitive homes for sale in Portland are those with energy efficient and green upgrades.

Oregon’s high ranking reflects a smart use of government programs to educate and promote energy efficiency efforts. Three percent of Oregon’s utility bills and a stable supply of funding from the state government goes towards Energy Trust of Oregon’s programs supporting energy efficiency statewide.These efforts include weatherization support for Oregon utility customers, tax benefits for efficient lighting upgrades of Oregon businesses, and ENERGY STAR® home appraisals that save customers up to 50% on their utility bills.

The first and second spots were grabbed by California and Massachusetts, respectively, and we’re sure Oregon can work its way to number one in the coming years. Want to help make that happen? Energy Trust of Oregon has a multitude of tips, support, and products to help you make your home or business more energy efficient. Looking for a place to start? Request a free energy efficient starter kit, complete with compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy-saving showerhead and faucet aerator. Interested in replace your old energy-guzzling appliances? You can turn those old dinosaurs into cash – and help reduce your energy bills drastically. If you need more help, you can schedule a free review of your home’s energy use from Energy Trust of Oregon – up to 60 percent of energy used to heat and cool homes can be lost due to leaky ducts, inefficient equipment, poor insulation and air leaks – and get started saving money and the environment.

Upgrading your home with energy efficient appliances, weatherization, and fixtures is a great first step if you are looking to buy a fixer-upper in Portland, and its also a great way to increase the value of your home if you’re looking to sell. Looking to buy an upgraded home in Portland with lower utility costs? Contact the McDonald Group Realtors today for information on homes for sale in Portland featuring sustainable upgrades, investigate new construction with the latest updates, or find the perfect home to fix up into an energy efficient stunner.

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