United Community Action Network
Helping People, Changing Lives - Serving Douglas and Josephine Counties
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How UCAN Weatherization Program Can Help

Our staff can help you arrange for changes to your home that can greatly reduce the amount of energy used in heating your home. Changes can include everything from improving your insulation to fixing the sealing on doors and windows. Funds are limited, and you must qualify for the service. To find out about the availability of this service, learn if you qualify, and make an appointment, please call us at: (541) 492-3932 or (800) 301-8226 and ask for extension 3932 in Douglas County or (541) 596-4447 in Josephine County. We may also have kits available that can help you reduce the amount of energy and water in use at home. Kits also have items that can improve safety in your home. Call the numbers above to see if we have kits available.

Getting Help Elsewhere

If you would like to talk with someone to find out if other agencies can help you to reduce your home's use of energy, you can contact 211info by dialing 211 toll-free anywhere in the State of Oregon.

Your utility company may also have information on reducing energy use. Phone numbers for area utilities include:

  • Pacific Power (888) 221-7070
  • Douglas Electric Coop (800) 233-2733
  • Avista Natural Gas (800) 227-9187

Energy Trust of Oregon offers rebates when you purchase a variety of energy efficient equipment or supplies. To learn more about these rebates, call (866) 386-7878. They also offer free energy saving kits, check-ups on your home's use of energy, and tips on how to reduce energy use.

Helping Yourself

There are lots of things you can do to lower your energy bill.

Turn your thermostat down. Turn down your heating system 10 degrees if you're gone 4 hours or more. Turn down the heat to 62 degrees when going to bed.

If you have a forced air heating system, clean or replace your filters monthly during the heating season.

Stop drafts. Make sure your doors and windows are kept closed during the heating season. Install or repair weatherstripping and caulking. Block all cracks, gaps and openings. Keep wood stove and fireplace dampers closed when not in use.

Turn your hot water heater down. Set water-heating temperature to 120 degrees to reduce energy use and lower the risk of scalding. (Check water temperature at the tap by using a meat or candy thermometer.)

Reduce hot water use. Showers use less energy than baths. Try shortening your showers by a few minutes. Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators if you don't already have them. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full. Wash clothes in cold water.

Repair water leaks. A hot water leak can significantly increase your energy bill, as well as your water bill. A cold water leak will also increase your water bill.

Use refrigerators and freezers efficiently:

  • Vacuum the coils (behind and underneath units) at least twice yearly.
  • Fill empty spaces with full water jugs.
  • Place food items close together and eliminate the need for an "extra" refrigerator or freezer.
  • Set the freezer temperature between 0 and 10 degrees.
  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 36 and 40 degrees

Turn off unnecessary indoor and outdoor lighting. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs where you need light for longer periods.

When you are not using stereos, televisions and other electronics, turn them off. Turn off computers and monitors if you won't need them for the next couple of hours.

Heat and light only the room you are using.