Residents of Greater Cincinnati that are tired of sky-high energy bills may want to consider participating in Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance's Get Efficient program.

Tired of Sky-High Energy Bills? It’s Time to Get Efficient

Residents of Greater Cincinnati that are tired of sky-high energy bills may want to consider participating in Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance's Get Efficient program.

To say that we’ve had some pretty cold weather in recent months would be a colossal understatement. From polar vortexes to bomb cyclones, many parts of the U.S. have been absolutely hammered with massive winter storms and bone-chilling temperatures that in many cases have broken long-standing records. Not only do these frigid weather conditions make you want to bundle up and “hibernate” in your home, but they also offer a salient reminder of how important it is to make your home as energy efficient as possible. This especially rings true once you’ve experienced the “sticker shock” of receiving a sky-high energy bill after a major cold spell. If you’re tired of being unpleasantly surprised by your home energy costs, maybe it’s time to consider taking the free online Home Energy Assessment offered by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. Read more

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A commercial building that was recently made energy efficient with the help of PACE Financing.

Who is Eligible for PACE Financing?

A commercial building that was recently made energy efficient with the help of PACE Financing.

If you are a commercial property owner, no doubt you’re well aware of how important it is to make your building as energy efficient as possible. Not only does it promote better sustainability practices, but it can save you untold amounts of money in energy expenses as well. As good as this sounds, many commercial property owners find it difficult to make the necessary energy-efficiency upgrades to their properties due to the initial investment costs. This can create a “Catch-22” scenario where it’s too expensive to make the improvements, but not making the improvements is costing money as well. Read more

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A woman switching out the light bulbs in her home to lower her energy bills in 2018.

7 Ways You Can Lower Your Energy Bills in 2018

A woman switching out the light bulbs in her home to lower her energy bills in 2018.

Energy efficiency has become an increasingly important topic in recent years, and for good reason: not only does it affect the future of the environment, but it can have a direct impact on our wallets as well. As we kick off the New Year, why not make a resolution to keep more money in your pocket by improving the energy efficiency of your household? To help get the ball rolling, here are six tried-and-true ways to lower your energy bills in 2018.

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Press Release: Get Efficient Launched in Cincinnati

For immediate release

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance today launched the Get Efficient program, a low-cost way for residents of Cincinnati and other local area communities to improve the region’s overall energy efficiency.

The Get Efficient program offers residents a free, web-enabled, whole-home energy assessment, access to professional energy advisors and extended-term financing for residential energy efficiency upgrades. The program gives homeowners an affordable way to invest in their home, resulting in decreased energy consumption, lower utility costs, and increased property values.

“Our city continues to demonstrate its position as a national leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, and the Get Efficient program is a shining example of the impact local governments can have by enabling private investment in energy efficiency,” Mayor Cranley said.

“Homeowners consistently rate energy efficiency as one of their top requirements when considering a new home purchase, and the City of Cincinnati is going to support our residents in making their homes energy efficient,” he said.

Mayor Cranley was joined by Jerry Schmits, President and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), in announcing the Get Efficient Program during a Monday morning press conference on the steps of Cincinnati City Hall.

“This program is just another example of the City of Cincinnati’s commitment to making our region a great place to work, live and raise a family affordably,” Schmits said. “I applaud the Mayor, City Manager and the Office of Environment & Sustainability for recognizing the role they play in enabling programs such as this which ultimately helps attract and retain the strong workforce necessary to keep our region competitive.”

Get Efficient works like this:

  • Using a Smartphone or other device, users engage in a whole-home energy assessment by completing a brief web-enabled survey
  • The homeowner sees immediate results with potential savings and recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades
  • Homeowners have the option to connect directly with a professional energy advisor to discuss the recommended improvements that will have the greatest impact on their home’s energy efficiency and utility costs
  • The energy advisor facilitates contact with  certified contractors to visit the home, determine the best course  of action and generate  price quotes
  • The homeowner is provided with a comprehensive list of improvement costs, associated utility rebates and estimated energy savings
  • Upon homeowner authorization of improvements and selection of financing options, installation is scheduled
  • A Quality Assurance inspection will occur on a portion of all upgrades.
  • The homeowner can finance the improvements and upgrades themselves or through the program’s unique long-term, fixed-rate, unsecured financing

“Today’s homeowners are more aware of the environmental-impact of their lifestyle, and this program makes it easy for them to identify potential efficiency upgrades, connect with qualified contractors and make their homes energy efficient in the most affordable way,” Schmits said

The major benefits of Get Efficient include a low-cost way for homeowners to improve their primary asset while reducing living expenses, upgrading the communities housing stock and creating a more desirable and livable community.

“Over the past several years, our partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has produced great results in reducing residential energy consumption and lowering utility cost for our residents, Mayor Cranley said. “The Get Efficient program will ensure that our region continues to lead by example helping the Cincinnati metro area maintain its position as one of the nation’s most sustainable places to live.”

For more information about Get Efficient, including how  other  local municipalities can make this program available to residents, call 513-562-4831 or visit www.GetEfficient.org.

About the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a nonprofit organization facilitating investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for commercial and residential energy consumers throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In addition to the Get Efficient program, the organization offers residential solar programs and serves as the PACE financing program administrator for several communities in southwest Ohio and throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information visit www.greatercea.org, www.ohpace.org, or www.kypace.org.

Contact

Jerry Schmits, President and CEO
Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
513.621.4232 ext. 110

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Duke Energy Ohio Rebates

Earn money for making your home more energy efficient with Duke Energy Ohio’s Smart $aver® program. The program offers rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements made to your home. All improvements must be installed by a contractor that is a member of the Duke Trade Ally network. Check with an Energy Advisor or your contractor to learn if your project qualifies.

Current Smart $aver offerings include:

HVAC Install

Homeowners can receive a $200 rebate for the installation of a new heat pump or central air conditioner that meets program requirements.

Insulate & Seal – Attic

Homeowners can receive a $250 rebate for qualifying projects that increase attic insulation levels and reduce air infiltration.

Heat Pump Water Heater Install

Homeowners can receive a $300 rebate for the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater.

Insulate & Seal Ductwork

Homeowners can receive $100 rebate for duct sealing and $75 rebate for duct insulation for qualifying projects that result in a reduction in duct leakage.

Pool Energy Efficiency Program

Homeowners can receive a $300 rebate for the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR certified variable-speed pool pump.

 

 

 

 

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Duke Energy Kentucky Rebates

Earn money for making your home more energy efficient with Duke Energy Kentucky’s Smart $aver® program. The program offers rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements made to your home. All improvements must be installed by a contractor that is a member of the Duke Trade Ally network. Check with an Energy Advisor or your contractor to learn if your project qualifies.

Current Smart $aver offerings include:

HVAC Install

Homeowners can receive up to a $600 rebate for the installation of a new heat pump, central air conditioner, or geothermal heat pump that meets program requirements.

Insulate & Seal – Attic

Homeowners can receive a $250 rebate for qualifying projects that increase attic insulation levels and reduce air infiltration.

Heat Pump Water Heater Install

Homeowners can receive a $350 rebate for the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater.

Insulate & Seal Ductwork

Homeowners can receive $100 rebate for duct sealing and $75 rebate for duct insulation for qualifying projects that result in a reduction in duct leakage.

Pool Energy Efficiency Program

Homeowners can receive a $300 rebate for the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR certified variable-speed pool pump.

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Tips to save money and energy

When it comes to reducing your energy consumption, you do not always have to spend a lot of money to save a lot of money. Follow these simple energy saving steps from the Department of Energy and you will be on your way to saving energy and putting some money back in your pocket.

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For more information, visit the Department of Energy’s original blog post for this infographic.

 

 

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Solarize Installers: Solar Energy Solutions

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From Solar Energy Solutions:

Solar Energy Solutions (SES) is Kentucky’s largest and most experienced solar PV and Solar Hot Water design, engineering and installation company and one that since its formation in 2006 has completed nearly 600 projects ranging in size from 1 kW to 545 KW through its offices in Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati and Evansville. At SES helping people make the move to a renewable energy is a personal mission of the founder Matt Partymiller and his partner and General Manager Steve Ricketts.

SES differentiates itself by its devotion to certification and training in order to provide systems which will still be performing faultlessly in decades time. Our teams, specialized in either residential and commercial areas hold multiple electrical Journeymen and Master qualifications and we in addition have 4 NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals) approved staff, unique solar training which puts our installers at the top level of national performance. We also pride ourselves with having the ability and passion to bring you the latest technology rapidly in a very fast moving and evolving industry.

Installing residential solar is key to our company as we have strong personal beliefs about the right of each individual to own and operate their own costs effective distributed generation. Most of the installs completed by SES in city or rural locations have brought us lifelong relationships with our customers and you can bank on us being with you to start you down the solar road and to support you fully at each and every stage of the journey over the decades ahead.

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Saving Money with Solar

Purchasing solar panels for your home is a valuable investment. We are all familiar with the costs, but what about the benefits? Here are three financial benefits to consider as you determine if a solar investment is right for you.

Generate your own energy

1. Generate your own energy, save money on your energy bill

The energy that you generate from solar panels means you will purchase less energy from your local utility. Each kilowatt hour generated is money that you save. A 6 kilowatt solar array will generate around 7,674 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. At a standard cost of electricity (around 11 cents), that’s around $844 per year in money saved. And with energy costs continuing to rise, the value of your savings will increase over time.

30% Federal Tax Credit

2. 30% Federal Tax Credit

The federal government provides tax incentives for the purchase of solar and other renewable energy assets. Upon installation of a solar array on your home, you will be eligible for the federal Residential Energy Tax Credit which is equal to 30% of the cost of systems installed by December 31, 2019. If you install a 6 kilowatt system through Solarize Cincy (estimated price $15,000), then you are eligible for a tax credit of $4,500.

Ohio SREC Incentive

3. SRECs, a state based credit system

Most states provide some additional credit for solar investments. In Ohio, public utilities must purchase a small percentage of solar for each kW of energy they sell to customers. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) represent one mega-watt hour of electricity (1,000 kWh). For each mega-watt hour (MWh) that your system creates, you can sell the renewable attribute of the energy on the market. Due to changes adopted by Ohio earlier this year, the value of SRECs has declined. However, the current market will pay around $10 per SREC. As in the above example, a 6 kilowatt system could generate 7 SRECs or $70 per year.

How much do Solar Panels REALLY cost?

Here is the example above in more detail:

  • We purchase a 6 kilowatt solar PV system ($15,000)
  • Of that cost, we spend less on energy because we created our own ($844 in the first year or $27,765 over 25 years)
  • Plus, we received the federal Residential Energy Tax Credit ($4,500)
  • Finally, we sold our solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) ($70 per year or $1,630 over the projected life of the system)

So, in the above example, the system we purchased generates $27,765 in utility bill savings, $4,500 from federal tax credits, and $1,630 from SRECs. That’s $33,895 in benefits which puts $18,895 back into your pocket.

Here are some more examples of how much you might save by installing Solar:

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1. Pricing reflects a basic installation using a standard panel. Complex installations may require additional charges.
2. Based on an $0.11 per kWh base rate with a 2.99% annual escalation in the cost of electricity (US EIA projection).
3. Based on a SREC value of $10 per mWh over 25 years.

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