Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Energy-Saving Program Still Going Strong

Stimulus over, but energy-saving program still going strong
Nov. 26, 2013 - The Milwaukee Energy Efficiency program continues to work with homeowners to save on energy bills, even after incentives from the federal stimulus package have expired.

More than 1,250 residential buildings have been upgraded to cut energy waste in recent years through the ME2 program, said Erick Shambarger, deputy director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability.

For homeowners, that translated into a nearly 30% drop in energy use, and annual savings of $330 on utility bills, he said.

And it also created work for companies like Insulation Technologies, or Intec, during the throes of the Great Recession.

A prime contractor for the ME2 program, Intec has grown to 42 employees, more than double its employment from a decade ago. The company was recently recognized for making energy upgrades to 93 homes this year.

Homeowners' interest in upgrades extends beyond the bottom line, said Jaime Hurtado, president of Intec. read more>>>

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