Grant awarded for energy efficiency program

Habitat for Humanity was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the Empowerment Grant Program to help low-income Delaware residents replace aging refrigerators with more energy-efficient models, reducing power consumption in the state and electric bills for those residents.

All three Delaware Habitat for Humanity affiliates and their ReStores have joined forces — and they are looking to make a big difference in energy consumption. Thanks to a $500,000 empowerment grant from Energize Delaware, 450 Delmarva Power households in the state will receive a brand-new Energy Star-certified refrigerator for just $50, and the affiliate in their county will even take away the old appliance to be recycled.

Refrigerators are typically the largest energy drain in a residential household, consuming about a sixth of the total amount each month. The statewide collaboration will result in a savings of approximately 432,875 kWh over the 18-month grant period, while delivering an average yearly savings of $127 for qualified Delmarva customers.

Applications are now open. To qualify, homeowners or renters must:

• Earn no more than 60 percent of the state’s median income;

• Be a Delmarva residential electric customer;

• Have a refrigerator manufactured before December of 2013; and

• Agree to have their old unit removed by Habitat staff upon delivery of the new one.

For more information and to download the application, email rrp@sussexcountyhabitat.org.

To donate time, money or resources, visit sussexcountyhabitat.org.