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Successful Forest Park and GCEA Partnership Extended

Our goal-breaking campaign that improved the efficiency of 156 homes in Forest Park last year has been extended into 2014 with an additional $10,000 in incentive money. These funds will cover an estimated 15 homes, and are first come, first served.

Read the Cincinnati.com article here:
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/2014/04/16/forest-park-environmental-programs/7549369/

Or contact the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance to see if your home is eligible for the program.

 


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Forest Park Surpasses Milestone

Brings savings to over one hundred homeowners with Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Forest Park’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program surpassed its community goal of completing over 100 Home Energy Upgrades through the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance’s (Energy Alliance’s) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program. The City of Forest Park has partnered with the Energy Alliance since March of 2011 to help its residents make whole-home energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

The partnership exceeded the community goal by improving the efficiency of 147 Forest Park homes.

Homeowners who committed to upgrading their homes’ efficiency received funding assistance to jump start their home energy upgrades. To encourage participation, Forest Park residents were able to access incentives from the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program and the Energy Alliance’s low-interest GC-HELP loan to help finance their improvements.

Forest Park residents combined investment in residential energy efficiency improvements has totaled almost $1,000,000 and has generated over 7,500 hours of private sector labor, in addition to saving over 4 million kBTU annually through energy usage reductions.

These improvements have resulted in lower energy bills for those residents, increased home comfort and usability, and a reduction in their community’s carbon footprint. Andy  Holzhauser, Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Alliance, commented, “Partnering with the City of Forest Park has generated incredible value to Forest Park customers. More than a hundred residents have been able to improve their quality of living while creating ongoing savings to support their families. This is a great success for the community.”

With the homeowner’s permission, the Energy Alliance tracked and analyzed the homeowner’s pre- and post-upgrade utility consumption data for a 24 month period. To date, the Energy Alliance has reviewed the utility data of 44 residents and found that their home energy upgrades resulted in significant energy savings.

Forest Park community members who participated in the program reduced their actual energy consumption by an average of 20%, saving an estimated $400 or more per year on their energy bills.

Wright Gwyn, the Forest Park Environmental Program Manager, remains enthusiastic about this program, which he considers a very successful partnership for Forest Park. Gwyn noted, “Our programs are not isolated programs. They provide an environmentally educational experience in which residents see tangible results. A lot of people [in our community] are not only getting money upfront to make improvements, but they reap the benefits of long term savings as well.”

To recognize this milestone for the community, the Energy Alliance presented the City of Forest Park with an Energy Efficiency Leadership Award on October 7th, 2013 at their City Council Meeting.

About the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (Energy Alliance)

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a nonprofit economic development agency that drives investment in energy efficiency in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities by providing education, project management, and innovative financing solutions. The Energy Alliance is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. www.greatercea.org.

About the Forest Park Residential Energy Efficiency Program

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. www.forestpark.org

Forest Park’s 100+ Home Energy Upgrades

The Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program had an exciting milestone to celebrate for Earth Day this year.

Forest Park’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program facilitated its community’s 100th Home Energy Upgrade through the Energy Alliance’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program in April 2013.

The City of Forest Park has partnered with the Energy Alliance since March of 2011 to help its residents make whole-home energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Over 100 Forest Park homes have now successfully made comprehensive energy upgrades to their homes, which we consider a great success! These improvements have resulted in lower energy bills for residents, noticeable improvement to home comfort and usability, and a resulting improvement to our region’s air quality.

“Partnering with the City of Forest Park has generated incredible value to Forest Park customers, who can enjoy an even quicker payback on their home investment.”

Andy Holzhauser, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Investment = Savings + Local Jobs

Forest Park’s almost $750,000 investment in energy efficiency has generated over 6,000 hours of private sector labor and saved almost one million kWh annually through energy usage reductions. Wright Gwyn, the Forest Park Environmental Program Manager, is very excited about this program, which he considers quite successful and a worthy ongoing investment for Forest Park.

“Our programs are not isolated programs. It’s an environmental education type of experience where they see tangible results. A lot of people are not only getting money upfront to make improvements, but then they reap the benefits of long term savings as well.”

Wright Gwyn, Program Manager, Forest Park Environmental Program

On average, the Forest Park community members who have invested in their home’s efficiency by participating in the Energy Alliance’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program are saving approximately $400 per year on their energy bills, with some households enjoying savings of over $1,000 through energy efficiency investments.

“Investing in the efficiency of your home provides immediate savings, while improving the comfort and value of your home.”

Andy Holzhauser, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Exceeding Expectations

The partnership exceeded its goal of improving the efficiency of 100 Forest Park homes.  Homeowners who committed to a minimum 15 percent improvement of their homes’ efficiency received funding assistance to jump start their home energy upgrades. In addition to the cash incentives and low-interest loan option provided by the Energy Alliance, Forest Park residents were able to access up to $2,000 from their local Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program.

Wright Gwyn sees the Residential Energy Efficiency Programas an important piece in the puzzle of improving individual and community sustainability for Forest Park residents.

“Everything that we’re trying to develop for our residents is trying to improve the environmental quality of the Forest Park community. Energy efficiency has become a larger issue. It is an individual and a societal concern that we improve our energy efficiency in every way possible.”

Wright Gwyn, Program Manager, Forest Park Environmental Program

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.

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/

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.