Energy Efficiency Program Saving Homes $900 per Year in Energy Costs

February 13, 2012

Thanks to a hefty federal grant, almost 50 households in Unity have been able to get energy audits and also have $500 worth of weatherization work done on their homes.

The participants include Darcy Milliard, whose 1820 colonial has felt a lot warmer and less drafty since it was weatherproofed and tightened up in January.

“I can tell the difference,” Milliard said Monday.

Back in August of 2010, the town received $82,500 in federal Recovery Act funds for energy efficiency work. Although program officials said that residents were a little slow to warm up to the process initially, in recent months many, such as Milliard, have taken advantage of the expertise and financial help available for making their homes more efficient.

The monies almost all have been spent or spoken for, according to Amanda Jamison, Unity coordinator for the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. In Maine, the federal money is administered through Efficiency Maine. “It was a great grant,” she said. “I think it’s meant more money staying in the local economy, rather than going to pay for fuel oil.”  Read more on this story in the February 13 edition of The Bangor Daily News.