On this week’s episode we hear from Anne Marie Hertl, Energy Programs Coordinator at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, who discusses the GR1K energy program. This energy program offers an opportunity for 1000 homes in Grand Rapids, Michigan to sign up for a $99 comprehensive home energy assessment, including a full report on how efficiently your home is operating and steps you can take to increase that efficiency.
GR1K is a Grand Rapids energy program geared toward its residents. After signing up, you’ll receive a full energy assessment on your home, which lasts up to 3 to 4 hours. Professional contractors do the assessment, using various technologies, such as infrared guns or blower doors in order to make a diagnosis on your home. Residents of Grand Rapids who take part in the program will receive some free installations in addition to the assessment. Installations include CFL lightbulbs, pipe wrap for water heaters, shower heads, sink aerators, and an upgrade to a programable thermostat in replace of ones with a dial.
Other installations, such as insulation or furnaces, will be an extra out-of-pocket cost. There are, however, some incentives, such as low-interest loans and dollar discounts, that may be available to you for any out-of-pocket upgrades you wish to make.
GR1K has helped over 1,600 residents of Grand Rapids make their homes more energy efficient, including decreasing each of their energy costs by 20%. The program still has spots available, but ends in a few months, so hurry up and register at gr1k.com.
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“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.