Energy Alliance and AmeriCorps Team reached out to 13,000 Households to Bring Energy Savings to Greater Cincinnati Neighborhoods
Cincinnati, OH- Sept. 12, 2011 – A summer program to find residents interested in saving money on their home’s energy costs was extremely successful, according to the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.
The Energy Alliance, working with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps., reached out to 13,000 homes during a seven-week, door-to-door canvass of four area counties this summer and spoke to over 2,000 homeowners. More than 600 homeowners said they were interested in a reduced-cost home energy assessment offered from the Energy Alliance. The $50 home energy assessment, which has a market rate between $400 and $500, is the first step in the Energy Alliance’s Home Performance Program which brings comfort and energy savings to homeowners.
The canvass, conducted in communities in Hamilton, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, concluded Sept. 7.
“Their work will provide us invaluable market data to help further drive demand for our services, as customers more readily understand that energy efficiency investment helps them save money, increase the comfort in their homes, and contribute to the economic development of their community,’’ said Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Energy Alliance.
The canvassers provided interested homeowners with energy saving tips, as well as information on the Energy Alliance’s offerings to local homeowners, which includes cash incentives of up to 35% and a low-interest 6.99% loan towards home energy improvements.
AmeriCorps member Justin Tucker said he enjoyed the work: “Being able to walk through and canvass so many different neighborhoods in Cincinnati was incredible and really inspired me to want to make Cincinnati energy efficient.”
The NCCC team also played a key role in a collaborative low-income weatherization effort in the Avondale community.
Anyone interested in an assessment or learning more about the Energy Alliance can go to www.greatercea.org or call 513- 621-4232.
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.