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Alternative energy company reinvests in Sandy this year

After a strong business year that included the high school solar panel project, Energy Unlimited wanted to reinvest in Sandy.

“The support in this community is just amazing,” says Vince Culp, a founder and commercial sales leader. “We’re at a point where we can start giving back.”

Beginning this fall, the alternative energy and energy efficiency contractor will accept quarterly nominations for families that could benefit from a complimentary energy audit and retrofit.

“We’ll look at everything related to energy and do a cost analysis of each efficiency product and service,” says Steve Carpentier, a founder, technician and installer.

Carpentier did an audit of his own 1955 Sandy home, ultimately knocking his energy bill down from $200 to $14 a month.

“Everyone we’ve worked for has just been ecstatic (to get the bills down),” Carpentier says. “It’s a really cool feeling.”

The audit typically takes four or five hours and would ordinarily cost $400-$500. Once the family is selected after the Sept. 21 nomination deadline, Energy Unlimited hopes to get right in and complete the assessment.

Then Energy Unlimited will provide a complimentary retrofit, which could range anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.

“It’s not as glamorous as solar panels,” Culp says with a laugh. “You can’t show a lot of these changes off, but it makes such a difference.”

Culp and Carpentier describe Energy Unlimited as part of a vastly growing home contractor industry that is helping people save on bills.

To nominate a home that could benefit from a complimentary energy audit and retrofit, email a nomination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, Sept. 21.

Include your name and contact information, the party you are nominating and how Energy Unlimited can help their home.

The business also is holding a series of workshops, tentatively scheduled 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 18-22 at its office for community members who want to save energy in their homes.

Energy Unlimited is at 38888 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. For more information, call 503-668-6864 or visit energyunlimited

oregon.com.