This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 28, 2014

Better Buildings Neighborhood Initiative Upgrades 100,000 Buildings

The Energy Department announced on May 21 that the Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program has helped more than 40 state and local governments upgrade more than 100,000 buildings and save families and businesses over $730 million on utility bills. Supported by the Recovery Act, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with 41 competitively selected state and local governments and their partners to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and local buildings and leverage early federal funds to launch sustainable community-based programs.

Over the last four years, these state and local governments have partnered with utilities, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, and building efficiency experts to upgrade more than 100,000 homes and other buildings. The initial $508 million federal investment leveraged another $1 billion in other public and private sector funding and supported more than $740 million in direct invoices to local workers for energy assessments and upgrades they performed. More than 1,400 home improvement contractors completed upgrades for homeowners. Approximately 30 programs out of the original 40 are continuing without federal support, including programs in Florida, Maine, Oregon, and Virginia.

To support continued public-private partnerships on residential energy efficiency, the Energy Department has launched the Better Buildings Residential Network, which currently includes 70 organizations. See the Energy Department news release and the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program webpage.