Money saved can be used for additional after school programs
By Dean Fisher, MEA Energy Program Manager
Utilizing its 2017 FY17 Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program (LMI) award, Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. (HNI) was able to upgrade Creative Alliance in Baltimore to be more energy efficient. Building energy analysis performed by HNI with the assistance of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works Office of Sustainable Energy identified numerous cost effective strategies for reducing energy use. support.
According to Laura Stokes, Operations and Rental Manager for Creative Alliance, “this type of assistance is great because insulation isn’t as glamorous as kids programs which makes it more difficult to raise funds for.” While MEA agrees that energy efficiency is often not viewed as “sexy”, the savings estimates model more than $9,000 a year in annual savings. This type of fundraising may not end up on the wall but it will save money for many years while, improving comfort, and allowing additional programs and resources.