Home Energy Retrofit Open House offers information on energy savings

HOLLAND – The first day of winter is fast approaching.

For winter enthusiasts with bright eyes and cold hardy, this time of year brings the anticipation of front yard snowmen, pond hockey, and powdery slopes.

For others, the snow season signals cold drafts under windows and doors, dangerous icicles hanging from poorly insulated roof lines, high heating bills, and fear the old boiler will not survive. another cold season.

Fortunately, for those who belong to the latter group, the City of Holland is hosting an Open House on Home Energy Retrofit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 at Holland Civic Center Place, 150 W. Eighth St.

Are you interested in improving the comfort, efficiency and value of your home? Curious about how you can save on your energy bills? Looking for ways to support the community energy plan? Come learn about the HER program, chat with the program facilitators, ask contractors what a renovation might look like to you, and hear from neighbors who have used the program in their own homes.

Sealing household air ducts is one of the many tools available to improve home energy efficiency.

The Home Energy Retrofit program helps homeowners in the Netherlands improve their energy efficiency with a 20 percent rebate.

To be eligible, applicants must own a home in the city of Holland, schedule a free whole-home energy assessment with a licensed contractor, and spend at least $ 10,000 on upgrades listed in the Michigan Energy Measurements Database. . To help manage up-front costs, participants can enroll in invoice financing through the Holland Board of Public Works.

The first 50 participants will have the opportunity to bring back up to 36 free LED bulbs provided by Green Projects Group and the Holland Board of Public Works Energy Smart rebate program. Light refreshments will also be available.

Exhibitors will include the City of Holland, Holland Public Works Council, Green Projects Group, Greenfit Homes, West Michigan Glass Block, SEMCO, Clear Result and Ver Wys Home Improvement.

The Home Energy Retrofit program was developed by the Holland Energy Fund, a not-for-profit company working to facilitate and fund aspects of the City of Holland’s comprehensive, long-term community energy plan.

For more information on this program, please visit hollandenergyfund.com or contact Dan Broersma, City Sustainability Manager at (616) 355-1364 or [email protected]

– Joe Sikma is responsible for sustainable development for the ODC network (Outdoor Discovery Center). Founded in 2000, the ODC Network is a 501c3 nonprofit that advances outdoor education and conservation in western Michigan.

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