State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Reenergizing our Urban Community Efficiently: Crosland Park
Aiken, South Carolina
Federal Funding: $320,000
Project Timeline: February 2011 – February 2014
The City of Aiken is working to educate the public about energy efficiency and home weatherization. One of the City’s successful endeavors, the Summer Weatherization program, has weatherized 140 homes since its inception in 2011. The City also completed energy efficiency improvements to the Crosland Park Community Center, such as blowing new insulation in walls and attic space, installing a new heating and air system with new ducting, installing Energy Star appliances, installing new energy-efficient windows, and abating asbestos.
Revitalizing and Re-Energizing a Low-Income Community
The Crosland Park Initiative is part of a larger effort, the Northside Development Plan, to improve housing stock and infrastructure and encourage private investment in Aiken’s Northside neighborhoods. As part of the Crosland Park Initiative, the City of Aiken is helping residents of the low-income neighborhood of Crosland Park lower their utility bills and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by completing 24 to 30 comprehensive energy-efficient renovations. The City completes energy audits before and after each renovation to monitor the effectiveness of the initiative. The City is also weatherizing 40 additional homes in Crosland Park each year through a summer job program and offering educational workshops to educate community members on reducing home energy consumption.
The Crosland Park Initiative renovations include the following strategies:
- installing ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures and appliances, energy-efficient furnaces or heat pumps with programmable thermostats, radiant barrier roofing materials, and tankless and/or solar water heaters,
- sealing the building envelope, and
- installing whole house energy consumption displays to educate homeowners about energy conservation and to promote long-term energy conservation habits.
|Area:||16 square miles|
|Community Type:||Small Urban|
|Median Household Income:||$52,601|
|Reported Results (as of July 2013)||Projected Cumulative Results|
|Annual GHG Reductions||350 mt CO2e||278 mt CO2e|
|Jobs Created Annually||7 FTE||1.8 FTE|