Port Authority and Columbia Gas announce energy program partnershipWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Columbia Gas announced May 12 a partnership combining the BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio and Columbia Gas Home Performance Solutions programs to create energy-efficient careers and reduce energy costs to homeowners.
“BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio is focused on providing financing and easy access to cost-effective energy efficiency improvements,” said Kevin Moyer, executive director of BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio. “It is our goal to provide more comfortable homes, buildings and communities, all while creating stronger bottom lines.”
The Port Authority hired two home energy experts and provided them with $10,000 in specialized equipment and 140 hours of training through Columbia Gas and Owens Community College. The experts will perform home energy evaluations to residential gas-heating customers as part of the Columbia Gas Home Performance Solutions program.
“The Home Performance Solutions program will make your home more comfortable year-round and put money back into your pocket,” said Chris Kozak, communications and community relations manager for Columbia Gas of Ohio. “These savings will have a tangible impact for decades and free up funds in a household¹s budget.”
The home energy audits will cost $50. When recommended energy-efficient improvements are installed, Columbia Gas will provide rebates up to 70 percent and reimburse the audit fee. Columbia Gas has conducted more than 7,900 audits so far with an average annual savings of $300 per home.
BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio aims to transform how communities use energy by making “cost-effective energy practices and technology more accessible to individuals, businesses and governmental entities across Northwest Ohio.” The program provides low-cost financing to owners for high-efficiency improvements to buildings of virtually any type.
BetterBuildings Nortwhest Ohio received a $15 million start-up grant in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Energy. It was one of 25 programs to receive a grant through the Retrofit Ramp-Up project through the $80 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Columbia Gas of Ohio, an energy distribution company of NiSource Inc., is the largest natural gas utility in Ohio with approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of the 88 counties. The Columbia Gas Home Perforance Solutions program also recently partnered with Huntington Bank to assist homeowners in securing funds for recommended improvements at a reduced interest rate.
To schedule a home energy audit, customers can visit ColumbiaGasOhio.com/HPS or call (877) 644-6674.