Success of Forest Park Energy Efficiency Program Sparks Second Phase

FOREST PARK – October 10, 2011 – Just in time for cooler weather, the city of Forest Park and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance are again offering Forest Park residents financial incentives to make energy improvements to their homes.

The Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program is contributing $20,000, which will go toward insulation and air sealing, as part of the city’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program. This is the second time the city and the Energy Alliance have teamed up to offer residents a reduced cost energy assessment and access to incentives that could save them up to 50 percent off of home energy improvements.

“We were delighted with the results of the first phase of the project, which resulted in 89 homeowners receiving comprehensive energy assessments and 49 homes getting energy improvements. ’’ said Andy Holzhauser Executive Director, of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. “Homeowners saw immediate savings on their energy bills and can expect to see up to a 15 percent savings on their annual utility bills.”

The Energy Alliance and Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program contributed a total $400,000 toward the energy improvements in the first phase, which started in February 2011. The home energy improvements included air and duct sealing, installation of new windows and insulation as well as HVAC replacements.

Leaders from Forest Park, along with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, hope that the second phase of the project will lead to dozens of new home energy improvement projects. Wright Gwyn, Program Manager for the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program shared his enthusiasm for the program noting that, “the combination of increasing residential comfort while reducing energy costs is definitely a win-win type of program. It is my hope we can continue this program for many years to come.”

The continuation of the program is important to Forest Park leaders, because of the value it provides to residents. Chuck Johnson, Forest Park City Mayor shared that, “the City is very fortunate to be able to partner with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. The combination of their resources with those from our Environmental Awareness Program will allow our residents to identify and make energy efficiency improvements to their homes which will benefit them for many years.”

Under the program, residents pay $50 for a comprehensive energy assessment of their home, which would normally retail for between $400 and $500. Forest Park residents benefit from anadditional 15 percent on top of the 35 percent incentive made available to greater Cincinnati home owners. In addition, home owners can apply for 6.99 percent low-interest financing.

For more information or to sign up for an assessment, residents can go to http://www.forestpark.org/environmental.

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.

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.

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