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Saving more than energy in our community   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  1/24/2019

Today, our CEO Aram Benyamin toured the Energy Resource Center’s (ERC) facility to take a first-hand look at the great work they do in our community every day. (In the picture to the right, Howard Brooks, CEO of the Energy Resources Center, shows Benyamin a display of old, inefficient furnaces the ERC has pulled and replaced to make homes safer and more comfortable.)

If you’re not familiar with the ERC, they provide energy and water efficiency improvements for qualifying residential customers through the Home Efficiency Assistance Program (HEAP).

We’ve partnered with the ERC since 2006, when the program served ten homes that September. From that small beginning, the program has served an average of 117 homes per year since 2009.

HEAP participants receive in-home energy and water audits, and the results are used to recommend various improvements that could include:

  • Additional insulation in attics, sidewalls and crawlspaces
  • Weather-stripping
  • LED light bulbs throughout home
  • Inefficient refrigerator replacement
  • Low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilets upgrade
  • Inefficient furnace replacement
  • Inefficient water heater replacement

Energy Resource Center technicians work with customers throughout the entire weatherization process on how they can improve energy and water efficiency in their home, and how they can maintain newly installed appliances.

In addition to simple energy savings, the program finds and corrects horrendous safety issues.  The smallest of these is the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The largest issues are dangerous combustion appliances and residents suffering from high-level carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The poorest residents live in the oldest and most dangerous housing stock. In addition to carbon monoxide dangers, the ERC also finds and fixes faulty wiring, natural gas leaks, plumbing and sewer leaks, animal and insect infestation, and mold.

We’re proud to support the ERC and the HEAP program efforts to save customers energy, water, money and lives.

 
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Its worth mentioning the ERC also does some paid work so if you're in need of their services you should use them since a portion of what you pay goes towards helping families in need.

Monday, January 28, 2019  10:19 AM  Jason H

Great point Jason. Thanks for sharing.

Thursday, January 31, 2019  10:09 AM  Eric