Earlier this year, Wyandotte (Mich.) Municipal Services was concerned that not enough residents would take advantage of a grant-funded program for free home energy audits.
Officials did whatever they could to spread the word about the program, including enlisting the help of a local radio and TV personality to do videos profiling the program and some of the residents who benefited from it, according to The News Herald.
Whatever they did apparently worked. The "Save a Watt in Wyandotte" program has been so successful that it's been extended until Sept. 30 due to high demand from city residents.
Every house in Wyandotte is eligible for free energy inspections, as well as grants, discounts and low-interest loans to residents interested in making energy-efficient changes to their residences.
Just over $4 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Michigan was awarded to Wyandotte Municipal Services to carry out the program.
Every house, whether owned or rented, is eligible for free energy audits. The results of those audits determine what, if any, improvements are needed. Money and discounts are available to help pay for a variety of improvements.
"We've performed free home energy audits to over 1,400 homes, but we're shooting for at least 2,000," said Pamela Tierney, who is the energy services program manager for Wyandotte Municipal Services. "That's a good chunk of the homes in the city."
Tierney calls the grant a jackpot for the city.
"This is a chance for our residents to get a huge helping hand toward making their homes greener and more comfortable while saving money," she said.
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