Energy Savings Rock ‘Bama Block Party

In Huntsville, Ala., the nonprofit Nexus Energies threw a little “block party.” But instead of dancing in the streets, attendees learned a thing or two about energy efficiency and conservation opportunities available through the Huntsville WISE Gold Program, one of U.S. Department of Energy‘s (DOE) Better Buildings Neighborhood projects.

This recent Home Energy “Block Party” showcased how the program can help homeowners in northern Alabama reduce their energy costs and increase the comfort of their homes through energy-saving home upgrades such as improved insulation, windows and doors, as well as energy-efficient appliances. The block party event featured a presentation on the Huntsville WISE Gold Program, which provides resources for households looking to save money on their energy bills, including energy assessments aimed at identifying home upgrades that will most effectively reduce energy costs.

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According to the DOE, homeowners who implement efficiency measures that produce energy savings of 20 percent receive rebates of $350 for the initial energy assessment and up to $400 in additional rebates through the program.

The Huntsville WISE Gold Program is part of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, which receives funding from DOE’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and Alabama’s State Energy Program – one of the 40+ Better Buildings Neighborhood projects nationwide that work to bring the public and private sectors together to provide homes and businesses with energy improvements designed to save money and create green jobs.

The Better Buildings Neighborhood Program is part of the Better Buildings Initiative, a program within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy designed to lower barriers to improving building efficiency nationwide, funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The program expects to save consumers about $65 million every year 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.