PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Housing Authority will use $310,000 in stimulus money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make some of its housing units more energy-efficient.
Jeffrey Everett, the authority’s executive director, said Thursday that the money will be used to improve 10 of its multifamily housing units. It will pay for installation of high-efficiency boilers, low-flow flushers, and solar evacuated tubes for hot water and heating.
“We anticipate that this will lead to a 30 percent decrease in oil consumption,” he said. “This is going to positively impact our budget and help the environment.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced the funding Wednesday.
The housing authority oversees 30 facilities across the city. It offers safe, affordable units to those who meet income guidelines.
Everett said that because the money is coming so late in the year, the authority will not be able to begin work until spring. He said he hopes to be able to make such improvements in all of the housing units.
“We have already made some green changes throughout our units by adding energy-efficient lighting,” he said. “But we definitely would like to make these changes in all of our units.”
Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $500 million in competitive grants this week that will allow public housing authorities across the U.S. to build or renovate affordable rental apartments and make existing public housing units more energy-efficient.