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Homeowners in District Heights, Maryland will be getting some help in terms of lowering their electrical home appliances and energy expenses with the launch of the District Heights Energy Efficiency Program. The initiative is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and has already started on August 25.

For those who are currently owners of townhouses and single family residences in the area, they can take advantage of the benefits offered by the program by applying for a spot with city officials. The project, which reserves a $250,000 fund for the city of District Heights, is available to low income and moderate income households. It is also offered to people who are buying foreclosed homes for the first time.

Under the initiative, a first time house buyer can acquire a grant of as much as $5,000 by submitting a property title, proof of income and sale document completed under the Homeowner Foreclosure Incentive. The program is being seen as a great way to lower the cost of purchasing foreclosed houses, with money for repairs almost always required during foreclosure buys.

The program focuses on financing home upgrades that can result in energy efficiency, including the installation of solar panels, cooling and heating systems and new electrical home appliances like clothes dryers and refrigerators. The initiative is also promoting the use of Energy Star appliances and other products that were able to meet the efficiency standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Residential properties that qualify under the initiative will undergo full energy audits that will include an examination of the house's insulation, gas and heating systems. Owners will then receive property improvements that will be conducted by contractors approved by the city and have home weatherization certifications.

The city has a somewhat similar program launched in 2009, with city authorities spending $25,000 of the state's grant funds from the Community Legacy to help low income households and senior residents get home upgrades that resulted in lower electrical home appliances bills. The 2010 effort, according to local officials, is a continuation of the previous year's program under which seven households received assistance.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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