Pattye Benson

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Improving Home Energy Efficiency — Free workshop Monday, May 13



PHILADELPHIA (MAY 8, 2013): Homeowners can learn how to improve their home’s energy efficiency – and save money on utility bills – during the free “Energy Efficiency 101”workshop taking place on Monday, May 13 at Freedom Hall, Upper Merion Township Building. The 90-minute workshop will start at 7 p.m.

The workshop is being presented by the Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council, and will feature expert advice for homeowners on how to make their homes more comfortable; how to improve energy efficiency and save money on utility bills; and how to take advantage of the low-cost loans for home energy efficiency improvements available through the regional EnergyWorks program. All workshop attendees can enter to win a free home energy assessment valued at $400 and a free programmable thermostat, among other items.

Advance registration for the free “Energy Efficiency 101” workshop on May 13 is required via email or by calling 610-205-8506. Freedom Hall, Upper Merion Township Building is located at 175 West Valley Forge Road in King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program, EnergyWorks was launched in 2010 to assist residential and commercial building owners in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties with planning, financing, implementing and assessing energy savings projects. The program brings together all available rebates, tax credits, low interest loans and qualified contractors to make these improvements simple, affordable and reliable.

All EnergyWorks projects are designed to produce increased energy efficiency of at least 25 percent, with many designed to reduce energy use by as much as 40 percent. Along with increasing home comfort and lowering homeowners’ energy usage and bills, a whole-house or targeted EnergyWorks home improvement project – such as air sealing and insulation, upgrading heating and cooling systems, and other measures – can also improve a home’s Home Energy Score (HES), helping to increase its resale value.

More information about EnergyWorks can be found at

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