Oregon governor's mansion gets green upgrades
Mahonia Hall, the Oregon governor's residence in Salem, underwent extensive green upgrades to save energy and inspired homeowners to improve their homes as well.
Neil Kelly Company, a large remodeler and residential energy contractor in the Northwest, completed the energy upgrades that may be unglamorous, but were highly effective.
The recently completed work includes measures that provide greater energy savings, noise protection, and comfort. The work was performed at no cost to the state.
Neil Kelly's Home Performance team installed fiberglass insulation in targeted areas of the home, provided air sealing throughout the building where there are air leaks to the outdoors, replaced incandescent lighting with LED lighting, and installed press-in interior storm windows from award-winning Portland start-up Indow Windows.
It's important to remember that much of what it takes to create more comfort and energy savings on older historic homes is typically unglamorous features such as insulation and air sealing," said Chad Ruhoff, manager, Neil Kelly Home Performance. "Additionally, replacement of historic windows is often not an affordable option, so that's where press-in interior storm windows such as Indow Windows can help block drafts and noise while maintaining the look of the older window."
"These are necessary and valuable improvements to Mahonia Hall," said Governor John Kitzhaber. "In the United States, buildings consume nearly 50 percent of our energy, and we need to do what we can to reduce consumption in our homes. The benefit is that these improvements not only save energy, they also make our homes more comfortable as a result."
Oregonians now eligible for free home audits
In Oregon, homeowners are eligible for free energy audits through Clean Energy Works Oregon as well as rebates of up to $2,000 on energy upgrades, and no-money-down financing. Homeowners must be at least 18 years old and have single-family detached homes built before 1993.
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