The City of Seattle used a $20 million BetterBuildings grant from the US Department of Energy to launch Community Power Works, a one-stop shop for residential energy efficiency upgrades. Participants get home energy audits, connection to recommended contractors and access to rebates, on-bill financing or long-term loans from Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union. More than 2,500 families have participated in the program. Community Power Works has also helped 49 small businesses and three major hospitals with energy upgrades. The program has created over 183,000 hours of work performed by 1,055 people.
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