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.