- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The Rockford Housing Authority is making efforts to be more energy efficient.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1H9xT6o ) that the agency is finishing up an energy performance upgrade at nine of its 11 developments. The $7.2 million project has taken three years.

Each of the sites has received more environmentally friendly lighting, appliances, insulation, water, heating and cooling. Some of the sites have solar panels on the roofs.

Rockford Housing Authority representative Charles Doyle says the agency wants to make residents’ lives more comfortable while keeping costs low and becoming more eco-friendly.

The agency was able to fund the upgrades through a federal program that lets them borrow the money and pay it back with funds saved through the energy efficient systems.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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