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Habitat for Humanity & OCED Complete Pilot Weatherization Collaboration

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Washtenaw County — February 26, 2013 — The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley are pleased to announce an innovative collaboration to help homeowners save on utility bills. This opportunity provided energy efficiency upgrades for twenty low-income Washtenaw County homeowners at a very low cost.

Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity and Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development Complete Pilot Weatherization Collaboration in Ypsilanti Township

 

Thanks in part to DTE Energy rebates; OCED and Habitat for Humanity were able to provide extensive weatherization home improvements which included high efficiency furnaces and water heaters, attic and wall insulation, air sealing as well as a basic home health and safety evaluation. This partnership will enable families to be more comfortable in their homes, save money on their utilities, and reduce the carbon footprint their home. 

An Energy Audit helped to identified energy saving measures for each home served, and once improvements were completed, a follow up audit confirmed proper installation and assessed homeowner satisfaction.  Each family will save an estimated $350 per year, giving them money to save or spend in the community to purchase other needed goods and services.

The homes targeted for service by Habitat were located in the Gault Village neighborhood of Ypsilanti Township.  This is part of a larger Habitat neighborhood revitalization initiative that has included roof replacements and renovation of almost twenty five foreclosed homes that have been sold to Habitat families. Each family contributed sweat equity hours to complete the improvements, and make modest interest-free payments to cover a portion of the cost of the improvements. 

Click here to learn more about the effort.

 

For more information:

Mary Jo Callan, (734) 622-9005   callanm@ewashtenaw.org                                    

Aaron Kraft, (734) 222-6848 krafta@ewashtenaw.org

Rob Nissly, (734) 677-1558       rob@h4h.org www.h4h.org

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