TARPON SPRINGS – The city of Tarpon Springs is paying slightly less for a new apartment complex thanks to high-efficiency heat pump systems and high-performance energy efficiency windows.
In June, Duke Energy gave more than $19,000 to the Volunteers of America of Florida, working in collaboration with the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County and the city of Tarpon Springs, part of the Duke Home Advantage program.
“Duke Home Advantage is an energy efficiency program,” said Joe Triolo, the program manager. “We offer incentives for residential construction programs for people that put higher-than-code products in homes.”
The Home Advantage Program encourages builders to build cost-effective, energy-efficient homes, said Ann Marie Varga, the spokesperson for Duke Energy.
Created in 2004, the program gives incentives back to construction projects for higher-than-code appliances, providing greater encouragement to use more energy-efficient materials.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” Triolo said. “The builders are saving a little money and they’re giving the homeowner a more marketable house with a lower carbon footprint.”