Columbia Gas and Huntington Bank partner to help lower energy costsWritten by Kristen Criswell | | email@example.com
Columbia Gas of Ohio and Huntington Bank have teamed up to help Northwest Ohioans make their homes more energy efficient.
Through Columbia Gas’ program, Home Performance Solutions, and Huntington Bank’s low-interest financing for recommended repairs, the two companies hope to help citizens save money on their gas and cooling bills.
“We know that with the increasing cost of gasoline and groceries everyone is continuing to look for ways to save money. Not only can we help people save money on their heating bills this year, but we can also help them save money long-term by lending them money to make these long lasting repairs,” said Sharon Speyer, president of Huntington Bank’s Northwest Ohio region, at a press conference.
Through its program, Home Performance Solutions, Columbia Gas offers customers a $50 home energy audit that identifies energy leakages within a house. Customers receive an audit report breaking down the problems and listing the estimated costs of repairs and estimated annual savings of those repairs. Customers who make suggested renovations using pre-qualified contractors are eligible for rebates of up to 70 percent.
With the new partnership, Huntington Bank offers customers low-rate financing, as little as .99 percent, to make the recommended repairs.
“This partnership, I believe, has eliminated the last hurtle for any household to be able to take a part and take advantage of this program,” said Chris Kozak, communications and community relations manager at Columbia Gas.
In order for a customer to receive the Columbia Gas rebates the home energy audit must be performed by a pre-qualified contractor.
There are no income requirements to qualify for Columbia Gas’ home energy audit. Huntington Bank’s loans are subject to credit approval. The offer runs March 1 to Dec. 31.
For more information about Huntington Bank’s loans, visit a local branch or go online to www.huntington.com/energyfix.
To set-up an appointment for a home energy audit, Columbia Gas customers can call 1-877-644-6674 or visit www.columbiagasohio.com/HPS.
Currently, there is roughly a three to four week wait for a home energy audit, Kozak said.