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Agencies in Action impacts Houston community
Agencies In ActionSince 2007, CenterPoint Energy's Agencies in Action (AIA) program has spent $8.8 million to help 2,450 low-income families in the Greater Houston area receive energy-efficient home upgrades. Recently, Shea Richardson, CNP electric energy-efficiency consultant, and Marylynn Kallina Matthews, Corporate Community Relations program manager, visited several Houston-area residents who received home upgrades through the AIA program. Each customer expressed their gratitude for the program and happiness about their money-saving updates. Pictured (left to right) are Peter Wann, Chinese Community Center project contractor; Lin-Shu Weng, homeowner; and Richardson. AIA utilizes nonprofit organizations and community action agencies to deliver energy-efficiency services to income-eligible participants. These services include installing attic insulation, ENERGY STAR refrigerators, ENERGY STAR ceiling fans, solar screens, compact fluorescent light bulbs and low-flow showerheads. The agencies qualify families with annual income at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Each household is eligible for up to $6,500 in energy-efficiency upgrades, depending on the assessment and needs of each home.