Friday, July 16, 2010

Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Grant

Though there will be no July meeting as the neighborhood association is on summer hiatus, the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Grant team will be meeting at the regular 6:00p time on Monday, July 19th, at the Gateway Village YMCA.  Cameron Butler, one of the leaders of the grant application team, shared the following information on earning a City grant for your home:

“Greetings Third Ward Residents,

Third Ward leaders and organizers are looking for volunteers for a Household Energy Fund Study.  The Third Ward is one of many neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County applying for funds from Charlotte's Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).  One qualification for the grant requires involvement from a neighborhood's residents to participate in home weatherization and energy upgrades.  Data from these upgrades will be used in the new Quality of Life Study through the EECBG.

The upgrades for this Household Energy Fund include:
1. Attic sealing and insulation
2. Duct sealing
3. Weatherization and blower door air sealing.

Household Energy Fund Eligibility:
1. Homeowners/renters who have occupied residencies for at least 12 months
2. Residence is not in the CPMD Rental Database
3. Residence is not for sale or in foreclosure
4. Taxes are current on the residence
5. Utilities must be in resident's name
6. 1 year of utility bills (prior & post installation, often accessible on utility company website)
7. Proof of Income

We hope that we will have many volunteers for this great opportunity and would just like to get a commitment from as many residents as possible.  For those who are interested in the Household Energy Fund, please drop by the Gateway YMCA on 7/19 from 6-8 to sign up, or contact for more information.”