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STUART -- The Solar and Energy Loan Fund is partnering with the City of Stuart to provide city residents with free energy assessments to help them reduce their overall energy consumption and monthly electricity bills.
The free energy assessments include a complete home energy assessment from a state-certified energy rater, which helps homeowners identify the most cost-effective types of home energy improvements that provide the greatest return on investment. SELF also provides low-cost loans to qualified homeowners in order to help them secure financing for these recommended improvements.
SELF has contracted with David Reidy of SunCool Energy to perform the energy assessments, and to date, he has completed over 800 projects in the Treasure Coast region. Mr. Reidy is a Martin County resident whose business is located in the City of Stuart.
"The energy assessments have been extremely useful in educating clients about potential energy savings and the SELF program also helps them take advantage of these immediate opportunities," said Mr. Reidy.
SELF has financed more than $2 million of energy retrofit projects, and the average homeowner is reducing their energy consumption by 23 percent.
The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council also provided supplemental funding for the program, which enabled SELF to hire an additional clean energy specialist that works closely with individual homeowners.
Martin County resident, Bill McConaghy, was hired in this capacity and he is available to assist local homeowners from start to finish as they go through the energy assessment process and consider different types of home energy improvements. SELF finances 2 dozen different types of energy saving products that include basic weatherization and insulation, high-efficiency air conditioners, windows and doors, and solar water heaters, attic fans, and photovoltaic.
"The City is pleased to be working with the non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund to help local residents identify and make wise energy improvements. The work being performed through this program is also helping to create greater efficiencies and local jobs," said Eula Clarke, Stuart Mayor.
To obtain a free energy assessment, visit www.solarenergyloanfund.org or call (561) 222.9680.