New Orleans Launches Home Efficiency Program

Through the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, 41 projects are bringing state and local governments and partnering organizations together to provide affordable energy efficient improvements to the nation’s homes and businesses — the latest of which is City of New Orleans’ NOLA Wise program.

This  $1.7 million initiative, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, encourages New Orleans homeowners to improve the efficiency of their homes in order to save money by saving energy, according to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who applauded the launch.

New Orleans Home

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Through the NOLA Wise program, New Orleans homeowners will learn about energy efficiency, gain access to home energy assessors and nationally-certified green building contractors, and qualify for low-interest loans to make energy-efficient home upgrades. NOLA Wise also springs for a project management service designed to ensure that homeowners receive a professional home energy assessment and work from approved contractors. Once the program has its first year under its belt, NOLA Wise expects to expand from residential clients to include commercial properties.

The Better Buildings Neighborhood Program is part of the Better Buildings Initiative, a program within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy aimed at lowering barriers to energy efficiency in buildings and saving consumers around $65 million annually on energy bills.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.