Originally Published in Lightrail Connect, June-August 2011 EditionDid you know the typical Phoenix family spends about $1,600 a year on home utility bills? Unfortunately, too much of that energy is wasted. The good news is that a new program called Energize Phoenix is now available to help residents and business owners along the Energize Phoenix Corridor, a 10-mile stretch along the light rail line, save money by saving energy. The Energize Phoenix program is funded by a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awarded to the city of Phoenix in partnership with the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and support from Arizona Public Service. The program aims to achieve specific goals that include: shrinking home energy consumption by up to 30 percent; reducing commercial energy use by up to 18 percent; eliminating carbon emissions by as much as 50,000 metric tons per year; and upgrading up to 2,000 homes and 30 million square feet of office and industrial space for greater energy efficiency. Energize Phoenix is designed to create 1,900 to 2,700 new direct and indirect jobs, most of which will be “green jobs.” These will include jobs for energy auditors, efficient-equipment installers, and traditional trades, along with residential energy consultants to install electricity feedback devices that show residents how much energy they are using, as well as simple steps to reduce their energy use. Programs The programs offered within Energize Phoenix will match most existing APS rebates and help pay for the majority of your energy efficiency improvement project costs. Nationally, thousands of homes and businesses that participated in this type of program have achieved savings of up to 30 percent on their energy bills. A few small changes can save you big money! There are many reasons to improve the energy performance of your home or business, including:
- Saving money on your utility bills
- Increasing comfort in every room
- Improving the health and safety for your family or employees
- Increasing the durability and value of your home or business
- Improving environmental quality in your community
- Residential Rebate Match – Provides rebates for homeowners of single-family residential, condominiums and townhomes;
- Residential 60/40 – Provides a conditional grant for 60 percent of eligible energy efficiency upgrade costs with 40 percent provided by the single-family detached low-to-moderate income residents.