Energy Efficiency/ Conservation
The City of North Richland Hills is doing its part to save energy and help protect our environment. In recent years, many City facilities have been updated with energy-efficient lighting, windows, air conditioning, and heating equipment. The City has also replaced 1,672 traffic signals with energy-efficient LED traffic signals. When the NRH Centre opened in 2012 it was Tarrant County’s first LEED-certified recreation center.
The following energy efficiency programs are available to residents:
Residential Energy Efficiency Program
The Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP), funded by Atmos Energy, is designed to help eligible families and individuals reduce their energy costs through free weatherization of their home. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to families experiencing a higher-than-average energy burden and financial hardship that limits their ability to make weatherization improvements to their primary residence.
Energy efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing (weatherstripping, caulking, duct sealing, and wall outlet insulation covers), attic and wall insulation, natural gas piping (inside home repair), customer-owned natural gas yard line repair, natural gas hot water heater replacement, natural gas main heating source replacement, and natural gas water heater insulation blanket.
You must be an Atmos customer to qualify for this program. Applications should be delivered in person or by mail to the Neighborhood Services Department located at 4301 City Point Drive, North Richland Hills, TX 76180, or faxed to 817-427-6656. For more information, please call 817-427-6650.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program provides services to improve the energy efficiency of income-eligible households in Tarrant County. Weatherization Program Technicians will perform an energy assessment to determine which energy-saving repair or service is most appropriate and cost-effective for each home. This program is coordinated through the City of Fort Worth's Community Action Partners (CAP). For information on eligibility requirements, please call 817 392-5790 or visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/cap/.
Other Ways to Conserve Energy
Because lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill, changing to more efficient options not only makes a dent in the amount of fossil fuels power plants must burn to generate electricity, but will also help reduce your electric bills. Every compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), uses at least two-thirds less energy than a standard incandescent and lasts as much as 10 times longer. Over the life of a single CFL, you can save an average of $30 or more in electricity costs while preventing more than 450 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Visit the Energy Star website to get more information on energy-efficient appliances, home electronics, heating and cooling, and home improvement projects.