Rook Energy Solutions has been selected from a competitive field of home performance contractors in Greater Portland to implement the City of South Portland’s low-income weatherization program.
The City of South Portland receives federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from Cumberland County every year, and over the past five years has utilized some of the funding for a Home Weatherization program for low-income households. Services range from energy assessments and air sealing to basement and attic insulation. Typically, the City of South Portland has been able to serve an estimated 7-10 households per year. With the help of Efficiency Maine’s new Low Income Home Energy Savings Program (LIHESP), Rook Energy Solutions and the City of South Portland has the potential to complete energy assessments and air sealing for as many as 100 homes.
For income-eligible households, a $50 contribution from the City of South Portland will be matched by $1,000 from Efficiency Maine for an energy assessment and basic air sealing services. These services include a minimum 6 hours of air sealing work that meets the following criteria:
- Deemed to have the largest impact on air leakage (e.g., thermal boundary bypasses that require baffles for air sealing like chimney chases, attic hatches, etc.) and (2) can be accessed and sealed conventionally (i.e., without dense-pack or foam insulation).
- Replacement of any regular-use incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs
- Install EPA WaterSense showerhead(s) and faucet aerator(s)
- One or more of the following:
- Install ~2.5” closed cell spray foam to rim joist, install thermal paint per Maine State Fire Code
- Repair, insulate and/or seal door or hatch
- Seal and/or insulate heat ducts or pipes
- Additional 6 hours of air sealing meeting above criteria
In addition, eligible homeowners can also leverage $1,000 per insulation zone from Efficiency Maine’s LIHESP.
For more information or to sign up for the program, contact the City of South Portland at 207-767-3201.
For more information about Efficiency Maine’s Low Income Home Energy Savings Program, visit: http://www.efficiencymaine.com/at-home/income-eligible-residential-customer-rebates/