Nebraska-Based Company Selected as Model to Save Families and Taxpayers Money

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Energy Pioneer Solutions, an energy-efficiency small business based in Hastings, was one of 16 in the nation to be awarded the department of energy’s weatherization innovation pilot program.

"We can cut the cost of typical efficiency programs in half." - Scott Kleeb, CEO

Energy Pioneer will audit and retrofit at least 250 homes in Hastings, reducing utility bills by more than 25%, which in real terms means savings of approximately $60 per month. In too many Hastings-area homes, families pay for energy that is literally leaking out of their homes, costing not only the family but the city and all taxpayers lost money.

Scott Kleeb, Energy Pioneer Solutions CEO, said “This is a tremendous opportunity for Hastings and the State of Nebraska to be able to serve more families, saving the city energy while decreasing families’ utility costs. Furthermore, as a result of Energy Pioneer Solutions’ innovative system, we can cut the cost of typical efficiency programs in half thereby saving all taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The pilot project was developed in conjunction with a number of local agencies, including Head Start and the Hastings Housing Authority. These nonprofit and government local agencies often spend a portion of their annual budgets helping families with their utility bills.

“This innovative program will not only save families money, it will also save agencies money that we can reinvest into other programs and in the end save tax-payer resources,” said Vern Powers, Mayor of Hastings.

In the past, too many efficiency efforts have relied on models that cannot actually prove energy savings. Energy Pioneer Solutions’ approach was developed to maximize individual savings while simultaneously being able to prove actual results over both a short and long-term basis.

More info:

  • Final negotiations with the Department of Energy and Energy Pioneer Solutions take place in the coming days, with the project audits and retrofits starting in January 2011.
  • The project will retrofit at least 250 homes in Hastings, Nebraska saving families on average 25% each month on their utility bill.
  • The energy saved will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by an average 4.9 tons.
  • Energy Pioneer will likely double their current staff levels, adding up to 5 new jobs in Hastings.
  • The pilot project has the potential to revolutionize the way the public-private partnerships can reduce energy waste and save families money.
  • Energy Pioneer not only audits and retrofits the homes, but also conducts a 3-year post analysis evaluation of energy usage to prove savings so taxpayers have facts that investments are working.

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