"Our goal is to help those with developmental disabilities find a safe place they can call home in neighborhoods close to their families, friends and jobs," said Jim Steffey, Executive Director of Partnerships for Housing. "A part of accomplishing this is providing affordable and accessible housing. Partnering with Efficiency Smart to reduce the energy costs of these homes helps us achieve that goal."
PFH was founded in 1991 by the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities to meet the housing needs of people with disabilities in Butler County. The organization manages a total of 57 single family homes and duplexes which provide safe, accessible and affordable housing for 140 people with disabilities.
The free energy efficiency improvements will be provided by Efficiency Smart, the City of Hamilton's energy efficiency service provider since 2015.
"Partnerships for Housing provides a tremendous service for people with disabilities in Hamilton, Ohio," said Mike Gurr, City of Hamilton Field Services Superintendent. "We are proud that the city can help PFH reach its goals with the help of Efficiency Smart's energy efficiency services. The end result is that a larger percentage of Hamilton Electric customers will be able to save energy and money."
Efficiency Smart's partnership with PFH is part of its focus on partnering with community organizations in the city of Hamilton. In addition to PFH, these partnerships include Supports to Help Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), which administers the summer and winter energy crisis programs, and Community First Solutions, which is Hamilton's largest meals on wheels program. Through these partnerships, more than 3,000 CFLs have been distributed to Hamilton residents.
Efficiency Smart has also placed a special emphasis on serving the old political wards 2 and 4, including working with multi-family low-income properties, senior housing properties, and small businesses.
This focus has led to 320 residents in these wards saving a total of 66 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy since 2015. In total, 17 percent of residents within wards 2 and 4 have taken advantage of energy efficiency offerings from Efficiency Smart, which is at a higher rate than the 11 percent average city-wide in Hamilton.
The residential energy savings are the equivalent of saving $7,600 in annual electric costs, and $68,000 over the lifetime of the installed energy-efficient products.
When combined with the 13 organizations that have completed energy efficiency improvements, these two wards have saved 2,000 megawatt hours (MWh) and are expected to save 27,000 MWh over the life of the efficiency measures installed. This is equivalent to $171,000 in annual energy savings, and $2.3 million over the lifetime of the installed products.
Looking ahead, there are several new energy efficiency projects underway in wards 2 and 4. Efficiency Smart has met with two multi-family properties, a church and its school, and a community center that are all considering lighting upgrades. These energy efficiency improvements are expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.
More information about the services and financial incentives available to Hamilton Utilities electric customers through Efficiency Smart can be found at efficiencysmart.org or by calling 877-889-3777.