Making house calls to improve energy efficiency

    Homeowners and businesses can get an energy audit for a reduced price.

    A new regional program called “Energy Works” wants to make houses and businesses more energy efficient.

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

    “I have a big house in Mount 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,” said Greenberger.

    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 grant for an energy-efficient hotel he’s building in Philadelphia.

    “They gave us $1.5 million in low-cost flexible capital that helped get this deal across the goal line in a difficult economy,” said Adelman.

    The $25 million program is available in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.