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Success Stories

Home repair loan helps family drastically cut electric bills

Greg Thomas
Home Repair
Rural Development
Solar Energy
Solar panels being installed

Keeping the electric on was crippling the Maggard family. Electric bills ranging from $300-$600 per month ate up the majority of the family’s fixed income.

HOMES Inc., one of Rural Development’s strong housing partners in Eastern Kentucky, led a project combining funding sources that ultimately helped the Maggard family cut those electric bills to a small fraction of what they were.

Rooftop solar is one method to reduce the energy cost while insulating families from the increasing cost of electricity over the next 25 years, so a $14,999 Rural Development 504 Home Repair Loan was used to purchase and install a rooftop solar array.

They also leveraged funds from Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund program to install a new roof on the home as well as soffits, fascia and gutters, and a new HVAC system was installed thanks to the Federal Home Loan Bank Carol M. Peterson Housing Fund.

With the energy efficiency and generation improvements, the Maggard family should see electric bills topping out at $10 per month, and they could even see negative bills.

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  • Kentucky: District 5