Clean Energy Works Oregon offers incentives to weatherize

High heating bills might not be on the top of most people’s minds now that summer is in full swing. But now is the time to take advantage affordable energy-efficient upgrades through Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO), a nonprofit you can count on to deliver a more comfortable and energy efficient home, year round.

“Clean Energy Works Oregon provides homeowners with a low-risk opportunity to increase the comfort and value of their home,” says Lindsay Miller, GO!’s executive director, who is working to build community support for the program.

Apply online today at to see if your home qualifies for savings up to $2,000. Or, for more information call Clean Energy Works toll free at 1-855-870-0049. Use promo code “PAGRG” when enrolling.

For details contact Nate Fleming, GO! community outreach specialist, at or 920-639-7553.

By working through CEWO, eligible homeowners can qualify for instant rebates up to $2,000 and gain access to no-money down financing and preferred rates from local lenders. After completing a short online application to verify your home’s eligibility, you’ll be guided through a process that includes:

n Certified contractors: In Hood River, McDowell & Son Home Performance Team is specially trained in home energy-efficiency and will complete the work.

n No guesswork: A free high-tech home energy assessment (worth $500) will pinpoint your home’s energy waste.

n One-stop convenience: Insulation, windows, heating systems and more are bundled into one convenient project.

n Independent inspection: Once your energy upgrades are installed, CEWO will perform a free independent inspection (worth $250).

“Helping homeowners achieve deep energy savings is rewarding and good for the local economy,” says Melissa McDowell of McDowell & Son. “CEWO is helping create jobs while helping homeowners save money.”


Clean Energy Works Oregon is a nonprofit connecting Oregon homeowners to zero-money-down financing and exclusive instant rebates that make transforming your home through multiple energy upgrades more affordable.

Gorge Owned (GO!) is a member-supported organization with a mission to strengthen connections between the people, natural environment and economy of the Columbia Gorge. GO! currently has more than 130 individual and business members, all of whom stand behind the mission and values of GO!

Its programs include Gorge Earth Day, Gorge Green Drinks, the Gorge Sense of Place Lecture Series, the Gorge Green Home Tour, GO! Local Month and GO! Green sustainable practices workshops. Learn More at

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