Real Estate Ally Network
For Residential Program
Serve Your Clients and Set Yourself Apart from the Competition
When you become a Real Estate ally with Energy Trust, you can help provide energy-efficient solutions to homebuyers and sellers while strengthening your own business.
- Access free materials and content to help you market energy-efficient products and upgrades to your customers.
- Stand out as a designated energy-efficiency champion.
- Gain customer leads through Energy Trust’s real estate ally directory.
- Leverage EPS™, an energy performance scoring tool, to sell top-quality newly constructed homes.
The Real Estate Ally Network is open to all professionals in the real estate industry, including real estate agents and brokers, mortgage brokers, appraisers and home inspectors.
As an Energy Trust real estate ally, you can provide valuable expertise to your clients. To help you engage with past, current and prospective homebuyers and sellers, we’ve created energy-efficiency content that you can simply copy and paste into your emails or newsletters. (Feel free to make personal additions.)
Content For Homebuyers
EPS™, brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, is an energy performance scoring tool that highlights the benefits of homes designed to deliver superior energy efficiency, comfort and health. Here’s what you can expect with an EPS rated home:
Quality and Comfort
- The average EPS home is built 22 percent better than code, and many are even more efficient.
- Special framing techniques allow for extra insulation to increase comfort.
- Third-party testing ensures quality.
- High-performance windows reduce noise and condensation.
Healthy Indoor Air Quality
- Tight construction prevents unwanted pollutants and drafts.
- Mechanical ventilation brings in fresh clean air.
- Proper ventilation reduces the risk of mold.
Designed to Help You Save
- EPS allows you to compare newly built homes based on energy use and estimated utility costs.
- Qualified homes include energy-efficient lighting solutions and appliances.
- Efficient heating and cooling equipment comes standard, lowering the cost of comfort.
Learn more about the benefits of EPS at www.energytrust.org/eps.
View our fact sheets for more information on program offers for residential customers. If you would like to share the following pieces with your clients in print, please request printed copies from the Home Retrofit team by calling 1.866.365.3526.
Content For Homeowners
Evaluate Your Home Energy Use
Get a free online home energy review to see where you’re losing energy and what you can do to save. You can also receive a solar assessment.
Find No-Cost and Low-Cost Energy Upgrades
Energy Trust’s free Energy Saver Kit helps you save right away with easy upgrades like LED bulbs, showerheads and faucet aerators. Order yours today and check out the quick tips included in your kit for more ways to save, no matter your budget.
Get Cash Incentives for Improvements
Cash incentives are available for energy-efficient home improvements like windows, insulation, smart thermostats, heating upgrades and more. View the complete list of Energy Trust incentives, connect with a qualified contractor and explore financing options.
Take advantage of these resources and learn more about improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home at www.energytrust.org/homes.
Here Comes the Sun
After a winter of snow flurries, ice storms and long stretches of unseasonably cold temperatures, it’s good to take another look at how your home is performing. Extreme weather can reveal issues that would otherwise go unnoticed, like improper sealing around doors and windows, poor insulation, inefficient heating, and unhealthy indoor air quality. Here are some things to keep in mind this spring:
- Inspect Your HVAC System
The key to comfortable and healthy indoor air is ensuring that your HVAC systems and building envelope are well maintained. If you experienced higher heating bills this past winter, you may want to have an HVAC professional inspect your heating and cooling systems. They’ll check thermostats, refrigerant levels and physical connections, and they’ll lubricate parts and change air filters. You can also discuss concerns about old HVAC systems and see if it’s a good idea to replace them. Make sure you hire a qualified HVAC professional by using Energy Trust’s Find a Contractor search tool.
- Flush Your Water Heater Annually
Over time, sediment can build up in traditional tank water heaters. An annual flushing prevents this from causing problems long term. To flush your water heater, attach a garden hose to the valve at the bottom of the tank. (If you have a gas heater, you need to turn the burner to the “pilot” setting first.) Run the hose to a floor drain or outside your house; then open the water heater’s valve. Run water through the heater until it runs clear. If you have issues with hot water in general, now is a good time to consider upgrading to a new, more efficient water heater.
- Insulation Can Go a Long Way
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to protect your home from the chill of winter and heat of summer is to increase the amount of insulation you have. Properly insulated floors, walls and attics will reduce outside noise, save you energy, and lower heating and cooling costs. Leaky ducts should also be sealed and insulated to improve heating and cooling flows throughout the house. Energy Trust of Oregon even offers incentives to help pay for professional and DIY solutions. View our fact sheets for more information on program offers for residential customers. If you would like to share the following pieces with your clients in print, please request printed copies from the Home Retrofit team by calling 1.866.365.3526. Make Your Home Weather Ready
Join the Network
Step 1: Maintain Active Licensing in the State of Oregon
You must also prove proficiency in a green designation such as:
- Earth Advantage Broker
- National Association of REALTORS® Green Designation
- National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional
- LEED Professional
Other energy-efficiency trainings may be accepted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
Step 2: Attend Energy Trust’s Free Training
Energy Trust hosts quarterly real estate ally webinars for professionals interested in joining the Real Estate Ally Network.
Each webinar covers:
- Energy Trust’s history and the benefits of being a real estate ally
- Energy Trust resources available to you and your customers
- Tips on marketing energy efficiency to your customers
- Ways to recognize and promote EPS in the marketplace
Register for a webinar today.
Step 3: Enroll
After completing the free webinar, you will receive the enrollment forms and be eligible to join the network.
Remember to provide your current Oregon Real Estate Agency license number or certification number appropriate to your field. It is required for the application.
Questions? Call 1.866.365.3526.