Mahonia remake includes reams of energy upgrades

Oregon's First Lady Cylvia Hayes showed off several energy improvements at the Oregon's governor's residence on Monday.

A bevy of Oregon bigwigs hit the governor’s house Monday to show off several energy improvements made to the abode.

Representatives from Neil Kelly Company, Energy Trust of Oregon, Clean Energy Works Oregon and other energy groups touted improvements that have been made to Mahonia Hall. First Lady Cylvia Hayes said the project helps display the growth of the home performance industry.

“A significant part of Oregon’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan is to meet future growth in electricity demand through efficiency and conservation,” Hayes said in a release. “Thanks to this donated work, Mahonia Hall is setting a good example of how energy efficiency can save energy and money while boosting family wage jobs and supporting Oregon companies.”

The 90-year-old Mahonia Hall, home to Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber, now features donated products and services that improved insulation, sealed air leaks, and installed energy-saving lighting. Indow Windows panels are also now a part of the residence.

The improvements were made after an Energy Trust audit. About half the energy used in the residence, as well as all Oregon homes, goes toward heating and cooling.

“Mahonia Hall is a beautiful example of the transformative effect of home energy upgrades,” said Derek Smith of Clean Energy Works Oregon.

The Neil Kelly Company oversaw the work at the residence.

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