Bartlett Park residents get free energy audits listen09/17/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Residents of the Bartlett Park neighborhood in south St. Petersburg are getting free energy audits of their homes. The program, sponsored by Progress Energy, kicked off this morning with a press conference and some home audits.
Goliath Davis, deputy mayor for Midtown Economic Development with the city of St. Petersburg, said this is the cityâ€™s second collaboration for home audits with Progress Energy â€“ the first was in Childâ€™s Park.
Davis said residents realized â€œvery, very goodâ€ savings from the previous energy audit.
Lee Guthrie is the manager of program development and administration with Progress Energy. Guthrie said the energy audit program began as a pilot in the spring of 2006 in the Palmetto Park neighborhood.
Under the hot morning sun, local residents signed up for free energy audits of their homes.
Duke Mensah is an energy coordinator subcontracted by Progress Energy to conduct audits. He said 800 homes are scheduled to be audited in the Bartlett Park neighborhood. Materials like light bulbs and thermostats that are given to the residents cost about $125 per house and the cost of labor is about $45 per home, Mensah said. His Neighborhood Energy Saver team audited the home of Ramonica Warren.
Warren said that she did not want the stateâ€™s Public Service Commission to approve Progress Energyâ€™s proposed 31 percent rate hike.
If you live in Bartlett Park, between 4th and 9th Streets South and between 11th and 22nd Avenues South in St. Pete, you can schedule your free Neighborhood Energy Saver audit by calling 1-800-254-8535.
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