Deputy mayor cites Mt. Airy in energy chat

Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger gave his home in Mt Airy as an example on why a new city program will benefit all residents.

The new regional program Energy Works aims to make houses and businesses more energy efficient.

“I have a big house in Mt. Airy and even though I’m an architect I can actually think of 10 things to do, but I don’t know which one is the most bang for the buck.”

Greenberger said Energy Works pays to send auditors to a home or business pinpoint specific changes that can save energy and money.

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Any homeowner can get a $400 energy audit and only pay $100 for it.  Low interest loans are available for improvements.  David Adelman is the first commercial recipient of an Energy Works loan for an energy efficient hotel he’s building in Philadelphia. “They gave use $1.5 million in low cost flexible capital that helped get this deal across the goal line in a difficult economy.”The $25 million program is available in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Greenberger is the Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce and also serves as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

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