CenterPoint Energy installs energy efficient upgrades for 100 Houston Housing Authority residents
2011-12-06T06:00:00Z

HOUSTON – December 6, 2011 – This holiday season, CenterPoint Energy is bringing energy efficient upgrades to 100 low-income Houston Housing Authority (HHA) residents by replacing existing equipment in each unit with energy efficient 16-SEER heating and air conditioning systems.

The efficient upgrades are part of CenterPoint Energy’s Agencies in Action program, which provides financial incentives to a variety of local government agencies and nonprofit community agencies for installation of energy efficient improvements in the homes of income-eligible customers in CenterPoint Energy’s electric distribution area.

“Over the lifetime of the improvements, we expect these residents to save more than $500,000 collectively on their utility bills,” said Jarrett Simon, energy efficiency program implementation manager for CenterPoint Energy. “The program is really a win-win. While the customer gains energy savings, CenterPoint Energy will benefit from reduced demand for electricity, especially during peak demand periods in the summer.”

“HHA is appreciative to CenterPoint Energy for providing our residents with upgraded heating and air conditioning systems,” said Tory Gunsolley, HHA President and CEO. “The agency is committed to making sure that we help our residents reduce their utility cost that is why we have provided them with useful energy saving tips and online resources that is available at our website. With the incentives provided by CenterPoint Energy, our residents can expect to save energy and money.”

Since the Agencies in Action program’s inception in 2007, CenterPoint Energy has installed energy efficiency upgrades in the homes of more than 3,000 seniors and lower-income customers. The company also provides participating agencies with training and software tools to assess the needs of each home and select the energy efficiency improvements that will produce the highest level of energy savings.

CenterPoint Energy supports a number of additional efficiency programs that enable contractors, builders and engineering firms deliver energy efficiency upgrades to homes, businesses, and schools. For more information, visit CenterPointEfficiency.com.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines, and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total nearly $21 billion. With over 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years.

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