Oregon has initiated a reward program for heat pumps with the aim of facilitating the shift towards renewable energy for an important group – tenants.
The Oregon Rental Home Heat Pump program, recently unveiled by the state’s Energy Department, extends rebates to property owners who install energy-saving heat pumps and electric enhancements in their rental properties using certified contractors. All tenants, regardless of whether they inhabit individual rooms, full houses, apartment complexes, mobile homes, or RVs, are eligible.
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This scheme was set into motion the previous year via the state’s Senate Bill 1536, in response to extreme heatwaves in 2021 that resulted in a minimum of 96 deaths in Oregon.
The main objective, according to Doug Baer, the senior analyst for ODOE’s incentive program, is to offer tenants some respite during periods of extreme weather, and potentially reduce energy costs.
He asserted, “The main idea is to ensure that in a severe heatwave, a person has a cooling facility, irrespective of whether it’s their living area, lounge, or bedroom. There would be a certain section of their space where they can experience some cooling comfort.”
In 2021, numerous heat-related fatalities occurred