Berwick drafting clean energy program for homeowners

Nancy Kelly
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Berwick is considering a program that could help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Councilors recently got their first look at a draft of the Clean Energy Program, which will “offer low cost loans to property owners to make energy efficient improvements to their homes,” explained chief administrative officer Don Regan.

The cost of installing heat pumps and making insulation upgrades would be covered under the program, if adopted by council. Loans would be payable to the town through property taxes through a local improvement charge payable over a period of up to 10 years.

Regan pointed out improving energy efficiency of Berwick residences supports the town’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and “will put more money in the pockets of our citizens.”

Finance director Greg Towne said the information package distributed to councilors during the March 11 meeting “will get the conversation going,” and will be discussed at length at the upcoming committee of the whole meeting scheduled for March 25. 

 

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