RICHMOND — With just a couple of weeks to go before the deadline, Richmond is looking for more residents to sign up for the Rhode Island Energy Challenge. If 102 households join the program and receive free home-energy assessments, the town will be named a Rhode Island Energy Challenge Champion and receive a $10,000 energy efficiency grant from National Grid. The program is promoted and administered by SmartPower, a nonprofit partner of the utility.
“National Grid is proud to work with our Rhode Island communities to promote greater energy efficiency,” said Michael McAteer, director of strategic business, policy and evaluation for Rhode Island. “We are delighted to see our municipal partners encourage their residents to take advantage of these programs that can help residents decrease their energy use and we look forward to rewarding them for their hard work.”
The recently-created Richmond Citizens Energy Committee was formed to encourage residents to join the challenge and to promote energy efficiency throughout the town. Richmond Town Administrator Karen Pinch said she hoped the town would reach its sign-up goal before the Dec. 31 deadline.
“We are excited at the progress of the Richmond Energy Challenge to date,” she said. “We currently have around 73 assessments scheduled and completed, and we are targeting at least 40 to 50 more sign-ups before the end of December. The feedback I’ve received from residents is very positive. They are very happy with the recommendations and also the free products they’re receiving to get them on their way to better energy efficiency in their homes.
“The Richmond Citizens Energy Committee will be at several local events in the next few weeks to encourage residents to take advantage of this great program.”
Energy challenge participants receive free LED light bulbs, indoor and outdoor light fixtures and water-conserving shower heads. Wendy Diko and her family signed up for the challenge and recently had their home-energy assessment.
“We just completed the program and are very pleased with the entire process and the incentive savings with the added insulation to our home,” she said in comment on the town’s Facebook page. “Every step of the process was smooth and professional right down to the crew … we have already noticed a difference in the heating and the furnace not coming on as much.”
More information on the Energy Challenge can be found at www.rienergychallenge.com or is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.