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Oak Ridge residents learn about energy upgrade program

The first of what city officials say will many informational sessions in Oak Ridge about a grant-funded program to increase energy efficiency in older homes belonging to lower-income residents was held Thursday night.

Last year, Oak Ridge was awarded a $2.9 million TVA Extreme Energy makeover grant aimed at improving energy efficiency and lowering utility bills for as many as 229 homes. The main target of these improvement efforts will be the older, so-called “legacy homes” that were built during the Manhattan Project era.

Owners of homes 20 years old or older are eligible as are owners of rental properties, although the tenants of those properties would see the reduction in utility costs rather than their landlords. Grant awards can range from $10,000 to $13,000 per home. Officials say the goal is savings of at least 25% on utility bills through weatherization programs that include everything from new insulation to new heat and air units to more efficient lighting systems and water heaters.

Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties—or ADFAC—is accepting request for assistance and citizens have through September of 2017 to apply. Find out more online at www.MakeOREE.com or by calling 865-375-4656.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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