FHA Makes Additional Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The Freeport Housing Authority [FHA] has been awarded $72,031 for additional energy efficient upgrades from The Efficient Living: Illinois Public Housing Authority Energy Program of the University of Illinois at the Urbana-Champaign Campus and the Illinois Office at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). These grant funds are to implement Energy Cost Reduction Measures in the properties that FHA owns and manages.

This year’s funding from the Efficient Living Electric Grant Sub Award will support the replacement of over 140 exterior lighting and five office occupancy sensors. The Gas Grant Sub Award will support replacement of three residential water heaters with high efficiency water heaters and replace over 90,000 square feet of attic/ceiling insulation with R-49 insulation.

This is the fourth year FHA has been awarded funds for energy efficient appliance upgrades. Previous funding has replaced eligible residential and common area lighting, furnaces, thermostats, refrigerators, inefficient p-tac heating/cooling units, and bathroom exhaust fans, throughout the FHA properties.

FHA seeks to continue upgrading eligible appliances with energy efficient measures. Recently, FHA also signed on as a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge to cut energy usage by 20 percent in ten years across its housing portfolio. Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/challenge for more information on the organizations participating in the Better Buildings Challenge for multifamily housing and a detailed description of their commitments.

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