Image by Flickr user Jack Amick Good insulation always gives a big boost.
Charleston and Fayetteville, Arkanasas, are the two winning applicants to take part in a pair of $500,000 grants to figure out ways to meaningfully drop home energy bills in ways that won't break homeowners bank accounts.
The City of Charleston plans to do studies and demonstration projects on 200 local homes representing the city's variety of home types. The results will then be studied for cost effectiveness and a training plan for homeowners along with a loan program will be developed to help apply the theory to reality.
That's the program in a nutshell, to learn more I'll point you to The Post and Courier's report and Sustainable Cities' page on the Charleston grant and the overall program (and there's a standard press release).
If you have a home within the city limits of Charleston and would like to see if your home is a good fit for the program call The Sustainability Institute at (843) 529-3421.