If you're recently unemployed or meet the income qualifications, you may be eligible for the Energy Optimization (EO) Program offered through the Ottawa County Community Action Agency and the Allegan County Resource Development Committee.
It includes free improvements to help you reduce your energy bills and make your home more energy efficient. Depending on what's needed in your home, you could receive light bulbs, a replacement refrigerator or furnace, added wall and attic insulation, caulking to reduce air leaks and other energy efficiency measures.
Your household income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, with a three-month 'look back' for those who are recently unemployed.
You automatically qualify if you receive cash assistance through the State of Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Community Action House
345 W 14th St, Holland, MI 49423 – (616)392-2368
104 Clover St, Holland, MI 49423 – (616)392-4461
Ottawa County Community Action Agency
12251 James St., Suite 300, Holland, MI 49424 - 616.393.4433
The Allegan County Resource Development Committee
323 Water Street, Allegan, MI 49010 - 269.673.5472.
Refrigerator Replacement Program
Holland BPW offers a Refrigerator Replacement Program that provides new Energy Star certified refrigerators at no cost to income-qualified electric customers. To find out if your income level qualifies you for the program, and other qualifications, please view the Owner Agreement Form (1.24 MB) .
You will need to schedule a Lower My Bill home energy assessment to participate in the program. This assessment is required so that you can learn ways to save on your utility bills. If you meet the qualifications, the assessor will take a picture of the specification sticker on the inside of your refrigerator and send it to the appropriate staff at Holland BPW. From there, Michigan Energy Options will set up an appointment for installation of the new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator and recycling of the old, inefficient refrigerator.