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Homeowners warm up to PACE program

From the KeepMEcurrent.com news site comes a good example of homeowners taking advantage of Efficiency Maine’s PACE Loan program.

WATERBORO – Andrew Doyle and his wife Melissa are looking forward to winter – or at least to the money they’ll be saving on their heating bills.

With the help of a loan from Efficiency Maine, the Doyles’ home has undergone an energy audit and is now better outfitted to conserve oil. The loan money is available under a federal program known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which is designed to help people make their homes more energy efficient. It’s a program the Doyles thought was too good to pass up.

The Doyles spent about $2,500 heating their two-story Old Alfred Road home in Waterboro last winter, which came as quite a shock to both their wallets and their psyches, particularly because the couple had previously lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment in Arundel.

Andrew Doyle said the house was in “pretty good shape” when they purchased it more than a year ago. But, even keeping the thermostat at around 58 degrees, the cost to heat the home was far more than the couple expected.

The Doyle home is heated primarily with oil, although there is also a propane insert in the living room. Andrew Doyle said he first found out about the PACE program when he was searching the town of Waterboro’s website.

“As soon as I read about PACE, I knew that’s exactly what we needed, so I called the contractor the next day,” he said.

Read the rest of the article to find out how the Doyles took advantage of the program and what they expect to save from the improvements. PACE loans are also available to qualifying York residents.

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