More than 1,600 households in Middletown are getting an energy makeover, courtesy of Duke Energy.
Through Duke Energy's new Residential Neighborhood Program, the homes and apartments of qualified customers are receiving a home energy assessment and installation of up to 16 energy-saving improvements, at no out-of-pocket cost.
Eligible participants are also learning how to take control of their energy costs by practicing energy-saving habits.
The program targets neighborhoods where approximately 50 percent of residents are classified as low-income based on federal and state guidelines.
Residential Neighborhood Program team members are installing improvements in qualified neighborhoods through the end of October. Some of the 16 energy-efficiency improvements include:
water heater wraps and insulation for water pipes
energy-efficient light bulbs
low-flow faucet aerator and low-flow showerhead
refrigerator coil brush and refrigerator thermometer
wall plate thermometer
HVAC winterization kit
water heater temperature check and adjustment
HVAC filters (year's supply) and a filter-change calendar
Duke Energy launched the Residential Neighborhood Program in March 2013. More than 1,400 households in Ohio have received free energy makeovers since the program's launch.