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Energy Efficiency And Green Building

The City of Cleveland is committed to green buildings because they provide safe, affordable and healthy environments for residents and workers. A key part of green building is energy efficiency, which lowers operating costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

By instituting energy efficiency and conservation initiatives in City facilities, operations, and vehicle fleets, we are saving taxpayer money and taking the right steps towards carbon neutrality. Through education, policies, and programs, the City empowers employees, businesses, and residents to take action to be more energy efficient.

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The Cleveland Energy$aver Pilot Program is a collaborative pilot effort between the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) and Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH) and allows qualified Cleveland homeowners to save up to $3,750 on home energy efficiency improvements. The Cleveland Energy$aver Program offers homeowners:

  • A low-cost energy assessment to identify what can be done to improve their home’s energy efficiency and to help save money on utility bills
  • A detailed report with recommendations on upgrades they can make to achieve the highest level of energy savings
  • Incentives and rebates that can be applied to the cost of the upgrade work
  • Low interest loans to help finance the improvements
  • A savings report 6-12 months after the upgrade work

The up-front cost to homeowners for the energy audit is $50, which can be refunded if homeowners decide to move forward with upgrades recommended in the audit report. Those interested in participating in the Cleveland Energy$aver Program are encouraged to call 216.672.3535 for more information.

Home Weatherization Assistance Program
Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) grants of approximately $6,500 per unit are available through the State of Ohio for homeowners and tenants who meet HWAP income limits. -more

COSE Energy Choice Program
Small business owners can join the COSE Energy Choice Program to get a comprehensive energy assessment and access to utility rebates and incentives.

Cleveland 2030 District
Building owners can join the Cleveland 2030 District to collaborate with others seeking to easily manage their energy use.

Energy Efficient New Homes
This program offers cash incentives to builders of ENERGY STAR certified homes within the operating territories of The Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison, and Toledo Edison. Participating contractors have access to marketing, incentives and educational materials that facilitate the construction of energy efficient homes. To qualify for incentives, homes will meet rigorous third-party verification standards for energy efficiency. The program ends December 31, 2015.

Office of Sustainability
Jenita McGowan, Chief
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2455
F: 216.664.2378
Ohio Relay: 711

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Mission Statement


The Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland's wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.

City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability