Nexus Energy Center founder Ruchi Singhal (center left) receives recognition of AlabamaWISE program success from Cyrus Bhedwar and Kia Ball of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance at Energy Huntsville Tuesday, Sept. 17. AlabamaWISE program partners Elizabeth Grimes from ADECA and Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle are at right. Photo credit: Nexus Energy Center

AlabamaWISE Home Energy Program Helps Raise Efficiency in Nearly 1200 Homes, Exceeds Goal by 300%

Nexus Logo LongNexus Energy Center, Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle, and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) have been recognized by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance for their combined success of increasing home energy efficiency for Alabama homeowners.

Ruchi Singhal, executive director of the non-profit Nexus Energy Center, announced the AlabamaWISE program has achieved nearly 1200 energy upgrades to homes across north Alabama since 2010, saving homeowners an estimated $300,000 annually by reducing energy waste by 20% or more, stimulating more than $6 million in energy related home improvements and growing local jobs for the construction workforce. The initial program goal was 400 homes.

AlabamaWISE is a community-based energy efficiency program that connects homeowners to qualified contractors who have training and certifications in home improvements that also saves energy to meet Home Performance with Energy Star standards.Nexus manages the AlabamaWISE program and performs third-party quality assurance, contractor training and offers rebates or low-interest loans to help homeowners make energy-saving home improvements such as insulation, air sealing, high-efficiency heating and cooling upgrades, windows, crawl space and attic retrofits.

“Through the Alabama WISE program, Nexus Energy Center has transformed the residential retrofit market in key communities statewide,” said Elizabeth Grimes, ADECA’s energy program manager. “More importantly, they’ve built local capacity to sustain this kind of work long into the future, thanks to extensive workforce education, contractor and realtor training, an innovative suite of financing options and targeted consumer outreach.”

For more information, and further details on Alabama WISE program, visit http://www.alabamawise.org/

Source: Nexus Energy Center

 

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