Charleston grabs $500,000 energy efficiency grant

Published: Nov. 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston was one of two winners of a nationwide competition for grant funding from the Home Depot Foundation. As a result, the city will get $500,000 to help develop a sustainability program.

On Peachtree Street, the impact of the initiative was on display in a home where the residents had reduced their monthly energy bills from $300 to $180, saving them more than $1,500 per year.

The Home Depot Foundation money will be used by the City of Charleston and The Sustainability Institute to conduct energy assessments of several types of homes so they can determine the most cost-effective ways to make them more energy efficient.

About 200 homes will be assessed at no cost to the owners, and 50 will be retrofitted for free by The Sustainability Institute.

If you live within the city limits of Charleston and are interested in getting on the list, call The Sustainability Institute at: 529-3421.

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