GRU has funding for energy upgrades

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:35 p.m.

So your electric bill is high and you are looking for ways to lower it, but you just can't afford to make the necessary home improvements.



What: The GRU Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program is accepting applications.
When: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Where: GRU, 301 SE 4th Ave.
Information: Call 352-393-1460 or visit

Don't despair — you may be eligible to participate in the GRU Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program, or LEEP.

Gainesville Regional Utilities is now accepting applications to assist eligible homeowners with home improvements designed to lower their electric bills and reduce energy use. But hurry because the program is limited to 150 homeowners.

"It's first-come, first-served," said Vanessa Aragon, GRU's residential efficiency program coordinator. "Our goal is to serve 150 homes."

"Our main focus is electricity," said Aragon, adding that last year, 199 homes were chosen and 950 homes have been served since the program's inception in 2006. Funding for LEEP comes from GRU. After improvements, Aragon said customers see a 13 percent reduction in their bill.

Aragon said eligible improvements may include upgrading old and inefficient water heaters, installing insulation, replacing central air conditioning and heating systems, servicing central air conditioning systems with high-efficiency units, repairing leaky ducts, installing a programmable thermostat, weather stripping and caulking doors and windows and providing up to 10 compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs.

To participate, homeowners must be a GRU residential customer, own and live in a single-family dwelling built before 1993 or in a mobile home, and meet income requirements. She said a customer may receive assistance from this program only once.

Applications are available in the GRU customer service lobby from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 301 SE 4th Ave.

Aragon said the program provides, on average, $3,200 of approved upgrades to the home and GRU pays for the home improvements directly to the GRU LEEP partnering contractor rather than the customer.

For more information, call 352-393-1460 or visit and click on rebates and incentives, and then click on Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program.

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