Chevrolet to help insulate low-income homes in Maine

Posted Jan. 27, 2011, at 9:58 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2011, at 12:47 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Chevrolet has signed a letter of intent to partner with Maine State Housing Authority to weatherize 5,500 low-income households to help address the changing climate through community-focused energy projects.

The Maine project is the first investment from a $40 million multi-year commitment by Chevrolet to prevent 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air, according to a news release from the company.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Chevrolet and the first use of our tools to measure, report, and sell carbon savings,” MaineHousing Director Dale McCormick said in a statement. “MaineHousing will use funding from Chevy to weatherize the homes of families who can’t afford the fuel to stay warm.”

Through MaineHousing’s weatherization program, energy professionals will improve home insulation by blowing recycled-content insulation into walls and ceilings, replacing loose attic hatches with tight-fitting ones, sealing chimneys, insulating exposed foundation and tuning heating systems for efficiency.

The initiative will help reduce home energy use, improve air quality and cut residents’ heating and cooling bills. An anticipated 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be avoided as a result, according to a news release.

“We’ve moved rapidly to get the carbon reduction investment process under way and we’ve selected an important energy efficiency project we can help make a reality,” said Rick Scheidt, executive director of Chevrolet marketing. “Chevy is committed to reducing its environmental impact, and what better way to do that than to connect with customers and communities on carbon-reducing projects that directly benefit them?”

Chevy is soliciting investment proposals nationwide through its independent third-party investor, Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

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