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EERE Success Story—Sowing the Seeds for Improved Home Energy Efficiency in Florida

As seasons change and temperatures rise and fall, many households look for ways to make their homes healthier, more comfortable, and more affordable to cool, heat, and operate throughout the year. Energy efficiency provides a well-established pathway for achieving each of these goals, but a common obstacle to accelerating American investment in home energy efficiency is the up-front cost of purchasing and installing energy-efficient appliances, ENERGY STAR-qualified heating and cooling equipment, solar power systems, and other home upgrades.

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.

SELF Approved for New Loan Capital

St. Lucie County, FL, November 19, 2015 –

The non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) received more good news this week from Dignity Health, a California-based not-for-profit public-benefit corporation founded in 1986 by the Sisters of Mercy. Dignity Health is made up of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver excellent care to diverse communities in 21 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation who also provides low-interest loans to non-profits to improve underserved communities.

SELF Surpasses $4 million in Lending

St. Lucie County, FL, November 12, 2015 –

The non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) has now surpassed $4 million in total lending and helped nearly 500 families and individuals complete home energy retrofit projects in 17 counties in Florida, with more than 2/3rds of the lending activity in low- and moderate- income communities, 40% for women, and 20% for military families and veterans.