OUC, City of Orlando Partner Up for POWER
Publication Date: 5/11/2010
Program Provides Weatherization, Conservation, Home Fix-up to Homeowners
ORLANDO – OUC Board President Katie Porta joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday morning to help make energy-efficient upgrades for Carver Shores’ resident Georgia McKnight as part of the POWER program, a partnership between the City of Orlando and OUC to provide weatherization, energy conservation and home energy fix-up rehabilitation. POWER stands for Provide Opportunity for Weatherization, Efficiency and Rehabilitation.
Neighborhoods, like Carver Shores, have been identified by OUC and the City of Orlando through analyzing utility bills and tax records across Orlando to calculate and map which of city's 109 neighborhoods consume the most, and the least, electricity per square foot of living space. Carver Shores is ranked as the fourth-highest neighborhood in energy consumption across the City of Orlando.
Once a household is qualified by the City of Orlando, the homeowner will be contacted and an energy audit will be scheduled. The OUC energy audit determines the appropriate measures to be initiated based on the existing condition of the home and the funds available. Services provided may include:
- Roof Replacement
- Exterior Window and Door Replacements
- Attic Insulation
- Hot Water Heater Replacement
- Caulk Windows
- Caulk/Weatherstrip Doors
- Plumbing Repairs
- Air Conditioner/Heater Service or Replacement
- Toilet Replacement (low-flow)
- Energy Light Bulb Replacement
The City of Orlando invites residents located within target neighborhoods to apply for assistance through the housing rehabilitation program through a process called Open Enrollment. Applications are provided during this time and must be returned within 10 business days of the Open Enrollment date. For more information, please visit cityoforlando.net/housing or call 407.246.2708.
- Location – Property must be located within the City limits of Orlando (restricted to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) target neighborhoods). Residents can check to see if their property is located within City limits by visiting ocpafl.org/searches/address_form.html or by calling 407.246.3422.
- Property Ownership – The property must be owner-occupied. Owners are required to provide a copy of their deed. Mortgage and property taxes must be current and copies of mortgage statements and proof of paid taxes will be required.
- Insurance – Homeowner must have a current home insurance policy on the residence.
- Income Verification – The resident’s income must be within the limits specified by HUD. Homeowners will need to provide income information for all members of the household. Self-employed applicants must provide profit and loss statements and/or a signed copy of their last year’s tax return.
About OUC—The Reliable One: Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 254,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.
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