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City ramps up battle against energy costs, overuse

City ramps up battle against energy costs, overuse

Valorie Cooley was "in a really bad place" a year ago, with a broken furnace and past-due heating bills she couldn't pay.

Now her Baltimore home has a new furnace and a raft of energy-efficient improvements — including insulation in the attic and caulking around the windows — that pulled her Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. bill down to a level she can afford. All coordinated by city government.

That's one example of how Baltimore agencies have attacked energy costs in recent years — their own as well as residents' and businesses'. Such work had been handled through a series of loosely connected programs, funded by a patchwork of federal, state and nonprofit...

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