Realtor Day!

RealtorDayParticipating Homes include:

#1 Portland Development Group

#2 Renaissance Homes

#3 Stone Bridge

#4 Noyes Development

#6 Renaissance Homes

#9 Pahlisch Homes

#14 Legend Homes

#16 Pahlisch Homes

#17 Westland Homes

#18 Gertz Fine Homes

#22 45 Central

#23 Sage Built Homes

#26 Pahlisch Homes

#28 Pahlisch Homes

Download the Parade Craze app or view the digital event guide for exact locations.

 

Interested in Comparing Energy Costs of Different Home Heating Equipment?

NW Natural’s Equipment Cost Comparison Tool was created to help users select the energy source and equipment that’s best for them. Unlike other equipment calculators, the Equipment Cost Comparison Tool allows users to compare various types of heating and cooling equipment based on actual local energy rates and weather data. Plus, it can be customized to your home’s size, occupancy and efficiency. To find the calculator, go to www.nwnaturalcompare.com.

• Equipment operating costs are calculated using actual oil, gas and electric rates
• Local weather data is used to analyze climate impact on energy usage
• Particular home specifications are applied to provide accurate results

Features
• Compare current heating and cooling equipment with up to two other options
• Quick and easy to complete – 10 simple questions
• Fine-tune results with additional inputs
• Estimate the payback period of purchasing new equipment
• Email results
• Download or print results for future reference
• Share results through social media
• Use the tool through any mobile device or online
• Analysis is provided by CakeSystems from Earth Advantage Institute

Frequently Asked Questions
1 How accurate is the analysis?
Results of the tool (when used without the fine-tuning inputs) are 17% – 21% lower than the CakeSystems model for current heating equipment energy predictions. When the fine-tune inputs are added, the results align very well with CakeSystems at 0.4% – 1% variation.

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2 What appliances does it compare?
Find cost comparisons for oil and natural gas furnaces of varying efficiency (with or without an air-conditioning system) and heat pumps of varying efficiency.

3 What else does this tool do?
Once the questionnaire is complete, use the tool to:
• Find a contractor
• Contact NW Natural to learn more about natural gas service and equipment
• Estimate the payback period of purchasing new equipment

4 Doesn’t it have a bias toward natural gas?
No. The tool draws its data from the Earth Advantage Institute. The institute is a nonprofit whose mission is “to design tools to create better buildings, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.”
The tool is an objective source of accurate information, updated regularly to take into account NW Natural rate changes, as well as those of all electric utilities within NW Natural’s service area and current heating oil prices.

5 How reliable is this information?
Very reliable. The cost comparison program relies on software called CakeSystems, designed by Earth Advantage. A study conducted for Energy Trust of Oregon found CakeSystems to be the best out of five comparable tools for accuracy and efficiency. Earth Advantage also conducted its own 300-home pilot study which found the CakeSystems results to be accurate and consistent.

6 If a user completes the form, will they get solicitations from heating contractors or the gas company?
No. Unless the user contacts a contractor or NW Natural using the tool, no one will know they have used the tool. And using the tool does not obligate them in any way.

Gas Fireplaces are a Hot Item

If you enjoy the warmth and comfort of a beautiful fireplace – but want to skip the chopping, stacking and smoke – check out the natural gas fireplaces at the Ultimate New Home Showcase™. These elegant fireplaces add grace and appeal to any home and provide a unique invitation for family and friends to gather around.

A gas fireplace insert can be installed in almost any existing masonry fireplace – so it always fits your home’s original design. The airtight metal cabinet becomes an efficient supplemental home heating system.

The fireplace insert is sealed to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney when it’s not in operation. You can use a remote control switch to turn it on – without ever leaving the comfort of your recliner – or use a wall-mounted thermostat so it turns on at a pre-set time.

An energy-saving feature available on many natural gas fireplace inserts can save you money and reduce your fuel use. It’s called an Intermittent Pilot Ignition or just IPI. Fireplaces with a continually burning pilot light can add about $8 to a monthly gas bill. With an IPI, the pilot burner is only present when the unit is operating, so the unit conserves energy when it’s not in use. A battery backup ignition system allows the gas unit to continue to work even during a power outage.

The National Association of Home Builders surveyed homebuyers and found that family and living-room fireplaces were among the top “must have” amenities.

If you come away from the Showcase with a burning desire to add a natural gas fireplace to your home, go to NW Natural’s website, at https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/BenefitsOfGas/Equipment. Watch our video and check out how more info about how to heat the room you live in most for about 50 cents an hour.

Cooking with natural gas . . .

For many of us, the kitchen is the most important place in the home.

It’s where we prepare nurturing food for family and friends. It’s where we share stories over cups of tea. It’s where every party-goer gathers. It’s where we plan the Thanksgiving feast and simmer chicken soup for a friend who’s down with a cold.

This room means so much to us, and for that reason, builders at the Ultimate New Home Showcase™ install the highest quality appliances in their kitchens. That’s why most frequently you’ll find a natural gas range in showcase homes.

Professional chefs love cooking with natural gas for so many reasons. They can adjust the heat precisely – and immediately. No waiting for the burner to heat up or cool down like an electric range.

And you can use your gas range even in a power outage. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by candlelight as your family plays board games and stays cozy from the warmth of your natural gas fireplace.

Enjoy the Ultimate New Home Showcase™ – and the many great meals in your future. Visit nwnatural.com to learn more about the benefits of a natural gas home.