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Insulation & Windows

Summary: “Insulation is one of the most practical and cost-effective ways to make buildings more energy efficient—both in new construction and through retrofitting older buildings that often are not well encased.” (Drawdown)

Adding under-roof insulation to a building with inadequate insulation can reduce heating and cooling bills significantly.

Replacing old, single-glazed windows with double or triple-glazed windows that are better insulators reduces heating and cooling bills and increases comfort.

Cool Roofs, Rooftop Solar and Urban Tree Planting (in the right place) help reduce summer air conditioning demand by keeping the sun’s heat from warming a building.

Goal: Retrofit all existing buildings with increased ceiling and wall insulation and efficient windows.

Existing Programs

  • PACE Financing for Energy, Efficiency & Resilience Property Upgrades
    Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing option for permanent energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill.
  • Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP)
    SCEIP offers PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for permanent energy, water, wildfire safety, and seismic strengthening improvements through the property tax system. Financing is available for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, multifamily and certain non-profit projects.
  • Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF)
    The Portland Clean Energy Fund, also known as the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, places a 1% surcharge on the business license fee paid annually by the largest businesses doing business in Portland. The resultant revenue stream will be dedicated toward providing mitigation of a degrading climate to those Portland residents who are the most vulnerable ...