Florida Home Partnership Distributes Free Water Heater Blankets

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Nonprofit home builder helps anonymous donor distribute over 300 water heater blankets to Hillsborough and Pasco County residents.

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On average, water heating costs homeowners between $400 and $600 annually..., insulate the water heater... can reduce standby heat losses by 25%-45%.

Florida Home Partnership (FHP), a non-profit housing developer, continues its energy conservation efforts by providing water heater blankets at no cost to residents of Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. Water heater blanket packages are available for pick-up at the FHP main office in Ruskin or at the model home office in Dade City, Florida. Homeowners and renters are eligible to reserve packages. The only requirement necessary is "having a hot water heater in your home."

“On average, water heating costs homeowners between $400 and $600 annually. One way to cut this cost is to insulate the water heater which can reduce standby heat losses by 25%-45%,” remarked Earl Pfeiffer, FHP’s executive director. “Making these blankets available to the community is consistent with our mission of helping keep the cost of housing low. Energy efficiency is one major way to control home operating costs.”

A short six minute video is available on FHP’s website, http://www.flhome.org, demonstrating how to install a water heater blanket. While newer water heater models may not need additional insulation, homeowners can determine the need for insulation if the tank

  • is more than 10 years old
  • is warm to the touch
  • or has an “R” value of less than 24.

Water heater blanket packages including written installation instructions are available beginning Monday, January 12, 2015, and are available while supplies last. Residents are limited to one blanket per home. Residents with two tanks may request an additional package. Apartment and business owners may also make special requests to reserve packages.

Scheduled pick-up times are Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the FHP main office on 201 14th Ave, SE, Suite H, Ruskin or in Dade City at the Sunset Hills model home office (36982 Sol Vista Drive, Dade City). Packages must be picked-up within one week of the reservation, otherwise items may be redistributed without notice.

To reserve a package, call FHP's main office at the 813.672.7889 or email sara(at)flhome(dot)org.

About the Florida Home Partnership
Florida Home Partnership (FHP) is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) that offers affordable homeownership opportunities to low and moderate-income first-time homebuyers through the USDA Self-help Homeownership Program, townhome ownership, and affordable rentals. The agency also manages Hillsborough County (FL) Homeowner Rehabilitation Program.    For more information about the program, call 813-672-7860 or visit http://www.flhome.org, friend us at - http://www.facebook.com/Floridahome, follow us at - @flhome1.

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