Forest Park homeowners can save 50 percent on energy upgrades

City and local non-profit team up again to reinstate popular efficiency program

FOREST PARKMarch 14, 2012 – The City of Forest Park announced today it is bringing back a popular program that offers all local residents a 50 percent discount to make home energy improvements.

The city is partnering with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance to provide homeowners a full home energy assessment and access to financial incentives, which can mean a savings of more than $1,000 a year on utility bills.

The Forest Park Residential Energy Efficiency Program was launched last year, during which time 50 homes received energy efficiency upgrades. On average, those improvements saved homeowners about $550 a year on utility bills ― with some enjoying a savings of over $1,000. Forest Park is contributing $20,000 to continue to fund the program this year.

“Investing in your home provides immediate savings, while improving the comfort and value of your home,” said Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Energy Alliance.

The partnership provides everything a resident needs to complete energy improvements including:

  • A certified three-to-four-hour home energy assessment for $50 dollars ($400 value).
  • Trained and certified contractors who will provide comprehensive home energy assessments and improvements.
  • A complete project plan that includes cost-effective energy saving opportunities, including available incentives and financing options.
  • A 50 percent savings on the cost for projects up to $12,000 (Forest Park’s additional 15 percent incentive can only be used for air sealing and insulation measures).
  • GC-HELP low-interest 6.99 percent unsecured loan.
  • Quality assurance to verify the installed upgrades.

City leaders are advising residents to register for the program early this year at www.forestpark.org/environmental. The city of Forest Park and the Energy Alliance will host a special open house for residents to learn more about the program and talk with certified contractors. The open house is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 10 at the Forest Park Senior Center, 11555 Winton Road. Anyone with questions can call 513-595-5263.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise and innovative financing to help the region to become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while also creating local jobs. Visit www.greatercea.org.

The Forest Park Residential Energy Efficiency Program is a project of the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program, which is a department under the city of Forest Park.  The Environmental Awareness Program is committed to fostering a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility among citizens, businesses, institutions, and governmental agencies towards the enhancement of local, regional, and global environmental quality. Visit www.forestpark.org/

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