Monday, March 4, 2013

Clean Energy Durham Expands Program to Greensboro

Clean Energy Durham's new program, Pete Street, has expanded again and will now be used by the Greensboro Housing Coalition.

Pete Street helps residents and neighborhoods to save money and energy in their homes and daily lives. The program's simple and effective approach is to: learn, do, and teach.  Neighbors attend a workshop together to learn energy-saving behaviors and techniques.  They are encouraged to go home and do some of the techniques they learned, then teach other neighbors and track their savings.

“Pete” refers to that guy or gal down the block who knows how to install a programmable thermostat, recently had the attic insulated, is on a time-of-use utility plan, or has other energy-saving knowledge to share.  The goal is to have Petes on every street.

Communities using this program now include Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Siler City, Wilson, and Warren County.  As in these places, Pete Street supports the multiple goals of reducing energy consumption, limiting carbon emissions, saving residents’ money and making homes more comfortable – while providing access to energy education for every resident, regardless of walk of life, home ownership status or income.

Philip Azar, Executive Director of Clean Energy Durham, the non-profit organization that created and distributes the Pete Street program, said, “It is important to engage the whole community in addressing these challenges."

About Pete Street™
Pete Street is a powerful community-based program that creates volunteer neighborhood networks engaged in saving energy and money. It includes everything needed for a community to fund, organize, implement and evaluate a successful community-building, energy-savings program. Pete Street was developed by Clean Energy Durham, a nonprofit organization that helps create and support organizations of neighbors helping neighbors save energy. To learn more about the Pete Street Program, please go to, or contact

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