Energy Retrofit Rebate Program a Huge Success

The energy retrofit rebate program offered to Gainesville residents and
non residential owners in September has resulted in tremendous
energy savings and an economic impact of almost $90,000 in the
community.
 
Jessica Tullar, Special Projects Manager for the City of
Gainesville, said 15 projects/buildings were helped through the Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant administered through the
GeorgiaEnvironmental Finance Authority.  “Most of the projects
involved replacing 20+ year old air conditioning and heating systems
with new, high efficiency units. Other projects included having
insulation blown in attics, walls, and floors, as well as replacing water
heaters with new efficient, tankless water heaters. Almost half of the
projects are being completed on historic structures. The best news is
the improvements resulted in an energy savings equivalent to
powering five homes for one year,” Tullar said.
 
Program design allowed for rebates ranging from $1000 to $3000, but
were not to exceed 50% of the total project costs or $3000.  Approved
project rebates ranged from $374 to $3000, but did not exceed 45% of
the total cost for the energy efficiency upgrades due to high demand
for limited funds.
 
For more information call Jessica Tullar at 770-531-6570.