Energy efficiency upgrades help Neil Kelly

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The demand for energy retrofits is driving growth for Portland home improvement contractor Neil Kelly Co.

Tom Kelly, CEO, said the company’s Home Performance division has grown to 40 employees from just five in early 2011. Energy retrofits work has more than doubled every year and is poised to lead the company in 2013.

Neil Kelly completed 211 home retrofits in 2011, reducing the average energy consumption by 30 percent, or 2.8 tons of carbon per house per year.

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