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Seattle's Energy-Saving Program Means More Money for the Holidays


 A group of homeowners, hospitals, restaurants and low-income multifamily housing units are taking advantage of a Seattle-based energy upgrade program called Community Power Works.

Up and running since October 2011, the program began when the city won a $20 million grant from the Department of Energy. The money’s been used for utility rebates, loans and a one-stop-shop to make it easier for customers to find auditors and contractors.

The statistics about energy upgrades made through the program to-date could be the lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas”: 900 single-family homes, 780 low-income multifamily units, 410,000 square feet of commercial property, 13 small restaurants and grocery stores, four major hospitals and 26 City of Seattle buildings.