In November, Chevrolet announced that it would invest $40 million into community-based clean energy projects across the company. At the time, details about specific projects were unavailable, but now we’re getting an idea of what kind of programs will receive support through this program. Yesterday, Chevy announced a partnership with the Maine Housing Authority to help weatherize 5,500 homes in the state.
“We’ve moved rapidly to get the carbon reduction investment process underway 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?” Source: Chevrolet
Energy efficiency upgrades that will be performed on these houses include wall and ceiling insulation with recycled content, sealing chimneys, insulating exposed foundations, replacing loose attic hatches and tuning existing heating systems. According to Chevy, the reduction in energy use will prevent about 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
MaineHousing has already been active with home weatherizations in the state thanks to funding from both the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.