Mayor Bill White announced today the results of a City analysis of its Residential Energy Efficiency Program, which has helped thousands of citizens weatherize their homes and has saved them money through double-digit reductions in their energy use.
“This is one of the most significant and innovative neighborhood improvement programs I am aware of,” said Mayor Bill White. “It saves Houstonians real money and we will be expanding the program to thousands of more homes.”
More than 2,000 homes in several neighborhoods have been retrofitted so far with energy-saving measures like weather-stripping, insulation and energy-efficient light bulbs, at no cost to the homeowners. Participation rates of nearly 50% of the homeowners have been achieved in some of the neighborhoods.
A statistical analysis using accepted methodologies looked at residential utility bills voluntarily provided by homeowners.
The analysis showed that participating homeowners in Pleasantville, on the near east side, witnessed a weather-adjusted use reduction of 12%, with a much higher reduction, almost 20%, during summer months. In Scott Terrace residents have experienced a reduction of 14.6%, with an 18.4% reduction in summer months. In Lindale Park residents experienced a kilowatt reduction of 10.6% and a 13.5% reduction during the summer months.
This program, which was initiated with a pilot program in Pleasantville in January 2007, was a cooperative effort between the City of Houston and CenterPoint Energy as part of their mandate for energy efficiency expenditures, a rate settlement with CenterPoint. The City is planning to contract with ESPA, Direct Energy and Payless Insulation to scale up the program to provide services to thousands more citizens. It is currently being expanded into Denver Harbor and Sunnyside.
For more information on the program go to www.houstonpowertopeople.com .