FPUA and SELF Offering New Residential Energy Auditing Program

St. Lucie County, FL, April 1, 2016 –
The Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) and the non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) are joining forces to offer free energy audits for FPUA’s residential customers. Since its inception in 2010, SELF has completed more than 1,000 home energy audits to help homeowners identify cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and electricity bills.

The energy audits will be performed by Carey Reddick, a St. Lucie County resident and state-certified energy rater, who recently completed the new job-training program offered by the Green Veterans Group. Mr. Reddick is a proud veteran and the President of Veterans Environmental Sustainability Community Operatives Inc. (VESCO).

FPUA is providing the free energy audits, and SELF will administer the program and offer low-cost financing for homeowners to complete recommended home improvement projects. To date, SELF has financed more than $4 million of home improvement projects, with more than 2/3rds of the lending activity occurring in low- and moderate-income (LMI) census tracts. SELF has also developed special programs for female heads of household and military families and veterans. SELF’s lending standards are less stringent than traditional banks, interest rates are well below market rates, and the SELF team provides corresponding building science expertise and project management from start to finish. SELF finances typical home repairs and replacements, including: high-efficiency air conditioners; weatherization and insulation; solar water heaters; solar PV; solar attic fans; roofs; windows; doors; and, much more.

The SELF program enables homeowners to identify and complete much needed home improvement projects, reduce average energy consumption by 23% per household (i.e., carbon footprint), lower operating costs (i.e., energy and insurance), enhance comfort and livability, improve air quality and health benefits, bolster hurricane-resistance, safeguard the most significant family asset (i.e., the home), and increase market value. In the process of completing this work, SELF is also stimulating economic development activity in areas hard-hit by the recession and housing market collapse, and fostering green jobs for the hardest hit employment sector in Florida (i.e., the construction industry).

For more details on energy audits and rebates, please visit www.FPUA.com. For more information about SELF, please call # (772) 468-1818 or visit www.solarenergyloanfund.org and www.Facebook.com/SolarEnergyLoanFund.

The Author

Reporting and New Project Officer

Jacqueline is currently earning her degree in Computer Science with a focus on Software Engineering. She gained experience with SELF by volunteering time to assist with DOE reporting, ARRA & County as well as internal reporting. She also assisted in the development of the new Management Information System (MIS). Due to her high performance, she was hired on a part time basis as the IT and Reporting Associate and is now performing several duties including; troubleshooting hardware/software issues, data management assistance, graphic design and web maintenance. She is also responsible for SELF’s internal “ RESULTS DASHBOARD” a well as completing reports to various government and funding organizations. Hudson works in close liaison with all staff members to collect information and reports to directly to the CFO as well as to the Executive Director when needed, on all aspects regarding data and systems.