Energy Alliance and AmeriCorps Team up to bring Energy Savings to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Neighborhoods

CINCINNATI – July 19, 2011 — The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is welcoming the arrival of nine AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to work on an exciting summer outreach campaign promoting energy efficiency programs and services from July 19 – Sept. 8. The group of 18 to 24 year olds from the NCCC will be leading the Energy Alliance’s door-to-door summer canvas, as well as a weatherization project effort in Avondale.

Over the next two months, the summer canvass aims to reach 15,000 homes in select neighborhoods across Hamilton, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. Starting this Thursday and Friday AmeriCorps NCCC members will visit residents in Newport and Ft. Thomas. Next week, NCCC members will be visiting homeowners in Union, Walton and Hebron.

The goal of the canvass is to increase awareness of the Energy Alliance and its offerings to local homeowners, including cash incentives of up to 35 percent. NCCC members will be canvassing daily, providing homeowners with information on basic energy efficiency, as well as the opportunity to sign up for the Energy Alliance’s home performance program.

Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Energy Alliance highlighted the importance of the project, “AmeriCorps members are providing a valuable service to the Greater Cincinnati community by sharing energy efficiency resources to help home-owners save money and invest in the value of their homes.” This program allows homeowners in Greater Cincinnati to receive a reduced-cost home energy assessment for $50 ($400 -$500 market rate), as well as the opportunity to take advantage of cash incentives and low-interest loans for making energy efficient improvements to their home.

The NCCC team will also play a key role in a collaborative weatherization effort in the Avondale community. People Working Cooperatively, the Energy Alliance, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation have partnered to provide selected homes in Avondale with weatherization and energy efficiency improvements.

The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. The full-time, team based, residential program partners with non-profits, as well as other local, state, and federal groups nationwide to complete service projects lasting six to eight weeks that address critical needs related to things like disasters, infrastructure improvement, and energy conservation. Members are based out of 5 regional campuses nationwide, and are assigned to projects within their region.

“During team leader training we were given the opportunity to rank our priorities for areas to work in and energy conservation was my top choice,’’ said NCCC team leader D.J. Bernat. “Energy conservation projects are kind of rare in NCCC, and getting one is a really great opportunity.”

The team brings experience in home repair from a previous assignment with Habitat for Humanity. “Proper home weatherization can not only save the homeowner hundreds of dollars per year, it also makes homes more fiscally viable for the future” said corps member Michael Carter.

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 financing to help the region become more energy efficient. The Energy Alliance also saves homeowners money and creates local jobs.

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