City and state to bring more energy efficient affordable housing to the BX

The state announced Wednesday that new technology will help city and state officials bring more energy efficient affordable housing to the Bronx and city.

The state plans to channel $7 million into renovating around 5,000 low to moderate-income apartments to make them more energy efficient. New plans include use of solar panels that convert sunlight to electricity. Additional changes include airproof windows, energy efficient lighting, boilers, insulation, refrigerators, and energy monitoring systems.

Apartment upgrading is expected to save tenants up to $200 a year on utility bills and save property owners about $1,000 per apartment in annual operating costs.

Officials say New Yorkers currently spend $45 billion a year on heating costs. The state is also trying to attract private homeowners to install solar panels by offering new incentives.

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