CNT Awarded Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant to Develop an Online Energy Efficiency Tool

October 25, 2010 (Chicago IL) – The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s My HomeEQ project was one of nine projects selected to receive funding through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s national competition soliciting ideas for scalable approaches to spurring energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings in the United States. Launched in April 2010, the selection process was highly competitive, with 372 pre-proposals submitted by organizations in 44 states. The process included review by a panel of experts in real estate, finance, construction, efficiency technologies and government policies. More information on the competition can be found at www.ddcf.org/retrofits.

CNT will refine and launch the online MyHomeEQ tool for homeowners interested in how to retrofit their homes for greater energy efficiency. The tool will calculate and display a home’s actual energy use, allow for comparison with similar homes based on location and type of house, provide customized recommendations for energy efficiency improvements, and offer information about local contractors and financing opportunities.

“MyHomeEQ will make it easy for homeowners to make energy improvements to their homes and, ultimately, to enable the real estate marketplace to value the improvements,” said Anne Evens, director of CNT Energy, a division of CNT.

The MyHomeEQ project will focus on the Chicago area for the initial roll-out and will develop a business plan for how to expand to other metropolitan areas.

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For more information contact:
Stephanie Folk, CNT Energy
Phone: (773) 269-4085
E-mail: sfolk@cntenergy.org