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New Pumps Rating Label Created to Save Energy and Cost

Recognizing that over 25 percent of the electricity used in the US is used to power pumps, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) developed the HI Energy Rating (ER) Label program to help manufacturers differentiate their higher efficiency products and provide ways for commercial and industrial customers to save energy. 


Piloting a new natural gas heat pump technology

This month, a group of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations will begin field-testing Tecogen’s Ilios, a gas-fired high-efficiency water heater for commercial buildings. The region’s first Ilios unit will be installed at a retirement community in Salem, Oregon, served by NW Natural.


Register by May 5 for EFX17

Efficiency Exchange will be held May 9-10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. EFX17 is the premier networking and learning event for energy efficiency professionals across the Northwest.

Latest Research

Exploring the Path-to-Purchase for New Homes

             new homes study

This report, “Exploring The Consumer Path-To-Purchase for New Construction Homes,” looks at strategies to address low consumer awareness the Next Step Homes initiative. It’s based on qualitative research focused on recent purchasers of new construction homes in the Northwest. The report details  these homeowners’ path-to-purchase, what influences them, and their attitudes regarding energy efficiency during the construction process.

Read the study



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