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How One Missouri Town is Helping Residents Save Money and Energy
Residents of St. Peters, Missouri, are seeing several improvements in their community thanks to a $512,800 DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The grant, which is funded by the Recovery Act, has allowed the town to implement three energy efficiency programs that will save residents and the city money, while reducing energy waste. They accomplished this goal through a programmable thermostat giveaway, a community-wide CFL distribution, and the establishment of a community nitrogen station.
The city, which is ranked by CNN's Money magazine as one of the best small cities in America, prides itself on having a "Green City" philosophy. This includes getting the community active and involved through energy conservation outreach and education. After the city received its EECBG funds in 2009, it set to work organizing energy efficiency giveaway events for residents. During the three events that followed, St. Peters was able to distribute 600 Energy Star programmable thermostats and 60,000 CFL light bulbs, and convert 230 vehicles to nitrogen-filled tires. See the Energy Blog post.