Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Rebate Program in Fredericksburg, Virginia Seeks to Improve Energy Efficiency in Older Homes

Home owners in Fredericksburg, Virginia can now take advantage of a new rebate program aimed at making older homes more energy efficient.

The George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) initiated the program and is currently accepting applications from residents and contractors.

According to the
GWRC’s Website, the organization strives to coordinate planning to ensure economic competitiveness, reduce redundancy in government, improve efficiency, and enhance services and improve implementation time of regional projects

The program, known as the Home Energy Loss Prevention (GW-HELP) initiative, was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

These funds were available from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Under the program, a home energy audit that reveals residents can save at least 20 percent on their energy bills with various improvements can receive a rebate of up to $6,000 of the cost of qualifying work through the grant program. Qualifying improvements include windows and doors.