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Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

Great article. Thanks!

It would be great to also look at the potential benefit the HES will have, by calculating the average monthly electric bill, and the potential of say a 10% or 20% decrease in it by following some of the recommendations from HES that are easiest to implement. Do we have any data on this?

That would make a great comparison against the $175 cost — which I have to say I’m surprised COAR is bringing up as a large concern. I would think (and hope) COAR would be on board for serious action on the climate crisis.

Posted by Kavi Chokshi on 11/21/2019 at 6:05 PM

Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

BendKid: Since the HES outlines potential improvements, it shows the potential of the home and that it still has value. Just because a home gets a low score, doesn't mean it won't be valued on the marketplace--it is Bend after all. Some homes with a lower score, with a few energy upgrades, may still end up being as efficient as a higher scored home.

Additionally, one of the great things about the HES is that it makes energy improvements visible, thus having a value in the real estate market. Right now, if you are on a tight budget and trying to decide what kinds of improvements to make that will improve your re-sale in the future, you would be left with things like countertops that have a better payoff rather than something like a new heat pump water heater that could start saving you money right now. The HES gives you the opportunity to make an energy upgrade, save energy and money, and then have that upgrade be factored into the value of your property. For those that are low-moderate income, there are even increased incentive amounts to help make those types of energy upgrades more possible.

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Posted by The Energy Challenge on 11/21/2019 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Truth in Real Estate

Hi- Do you have any experience with water right disclosure issues? We purchased a property with water rights but later found out the majority of the water rights acres were in jeopardy of forfeiture. The disclosures including a map from the COID did not show any issues but after purchase we received a letter from the COID informing us of the issue. What is the standard of care in this case? The Seller/Sellers Agent did not fully disclose this issue.Our agents trusted the information received. Could we have gone direct to the COID to uncover this or would the COID only give this information out to the owner of the property? Thanks. PA

Posted by Pea on 11/21/2019 at 3:40 PM

Re: “A Tax on Reading

Everyone in the US could publish in Canada - we don't have a tax on books.

Posted by Melanie Perkins on 11/21/2019 at 3:13 PM

Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

All the poor people that live in cheap housing like older manufactured homes will be hurt the worst by this by making their homes worth less. I am sure all these poor people would love to be able to live in a newer scored home that was built to the new standards. Let's continue to make the poor poorer.

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Posted by Bendkid on 11/21/2019 at 2:43 PM

Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

If someone gets a low score, they are not required to fix it (can you imagine the pushback if that were the case?!). It will, however, give someone looking at that home a heads up on what they can expect their energy costs to be and a list of potential improvements they could make so they can factor that information appropriately into their buying decision. Some homes with a lower score, with a few energy upgrades, may still cost less than a home with a higher score. Without knowing what energy improvements make sense for the home, the average homebuyer would never be able to weigh all those variables to figure out which is the better deal with just information from a call the utility companies.

The plan does call on the City to lead by example with electric vehicles--if you want to see more efficient vehicles, you should let them know!

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Posted by Bend Energy Challenge on 11/21/2019 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Sounds of the Season - COCC Redmond Community Choir

This event is SOLD OUT!

Posted by COCC Continuing Education on 11/21/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

dhc0216: The scoring system comes with recommendations for how to improve the score, which buyers could use as leverage in the purchase process, or just as very helpful information about what aspects of improving the home would be most beneficial for energy and cost savings. "Forcing" someone to improve the score is beyond its scope.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 11/21/2019 at 11:03 AM

Re: “A Tax on Reading

Effects entirely in line with the current administration’s intentional degradation of Environment: nature, informational, and human rights. All are being assailed by the World’s Greatest Businessman.

Posted by Vipper Short on 11/21/2019 at 9:39 AM

Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

What happens if the score is low? Do they force someone to make the changes to bring the score up? If not, what's the point?

Posted by dhc0216@gmail.com on 11/20/2019 at 8:52 PM

Re: “A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

When the city dumps some of the gas guzzlers they use, I will start to believe they just might be a little serious. Put the onus on someone else. Divert attention somewhere else, don't look in my backyard, no! Does everyone on the city dole have to drive a city owned 4x4 to get around town?

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Posted by Douglas Warren on 11/20/2019 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Concerned Parents Press On Against Verizon Tower

"Verizon shill"? I'm someone concerned about the anti-science movement progressing in the public. You only prove my point concerning the irrational paranoia of the anti-cell tower group.

Posted by Dr. Ganglia on 11/20/2019 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Recession Proof?

One thing not mentioned that I see a lot of is the number of people who work from home. I have met numerous people who have moved here with a portable job - facilitated by a computer and an internet connection. I remember seeing numbers on that and they are substantial. Some of those are high paying like six figures. I know that from being a landlord and processing applications. There is a guy across the street who all his clients are in Huston Texas and he doesn't even ski or mountain bike or anything like that. After just watching some documentaries on artificial intelligence I wonder how secure some of those jobs are though.

Posted by Tom Ponte on 11/20/2019 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Concerned Parents Press On Against Verizon Tower

"Dr. Ganglia" (which is in quotes because I can find no record of any doctor by that name) created their account on November 18, 2019, just to comment on this article. Do I smell a Verizon shill?

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Posted by SourceThis on 11/19/2019 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Concerned Parents Press On Against Verizon Tower

Those are some awfully misleading statements, "Dr. Ganglia", if you are a real doctor. These concerns are most definitely of a scientific nature, and it is quite UN-scientific to attempt to shut down rational debate on the matter.

The article states that 110 scientific studies regarding were presented, and eventually narrowed to 36 studies which were sent by certified mail to Verizon's lawyer.

You clearly have not done your research, or you would understand why these parents are rightfully concerned.

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Posted by SourceThis on 11/19/2019 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Optimism and the Climate

Wonderful article to pull at the heartstrings of the public. It might be more educational for the public to be reading about the realistic probabilities of emission reform based on statistics. Not just one side, but all sides. Anyone who is concerned with our environment should be out planting trees and lobbying for more people to do so.

Posted by Kelly Yzaguirre on 11/19/2019 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Optimism and the Climate

This is a wonderful article. It means a lot to me as a long term resident of central Oregon. I've seen s lot of change, and getting green soon will be a positive one.

Posted by Carrie Ebner on 11/19/2019 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Concerned Parents Press On Against Verizon Tower

The unscientific/conspiracy theorist mindset is getting out of control. Now the Source Weekly, under this author Laurel Brauns, is presenting/defending this point of view. These "concerned parents" are the same overly emotional, insensible people who believe the Earth is flat, vaccines cause autism, and now that cell phone towers cause cancer.

The American Cancer Society, along with a plethora of scientific papers, have demonstrated the safety of cell towers: (https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/cellular-phone-towers.html). As a person who earned a degree in physics, I can say that the Sun's UV light does far more skin damage than cell towers could ever possibly inflict. This article does not present the scientific voice on the issue; it presents the view point of scientifically uneducated soccer moms and their irrational paranoia regarding cell phone towers.

Would these parents ever dare tell a surgeon how to perform heart surgery? No, they would immediately understand their ignorance regarding open-heart surgery. Yet, when it comes to electromagnetic physics, biological physics, and electrical engineering, these "concerned parents" somehow feel justified to voice their uneducated opinion on the issue. The Source, this author, Bend, and the U.S. for that matter, all need to carefully analyse whether they support objective, scientific information or emotional, lazy, and insensible frames of mind.

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Posted by Dr. Ganglia on 11/18/2019 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Honey Don't

Good stuff!
Do the employees at the BI still get first dibs on donations of clothing, food and supplies??

Posted by K P on 11/18/2019 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Concerned Parents Press On Against Verizon Tower

I certainly understand the parents concerns about the cell tower but I think they would be the first to complain that during an emergency they won't be able to contact school officials! I think we all know what emergencies we are talking about in todays terms. As far as the physical harm that cell towers and cell phones present maybe they should not have cell phone "period"! And hopefully not their children having cell phones. Unfortunately, we can't have it both ways!

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Posted by Harry VanderVelde on 11/18/2019 at 8:32 AM

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