Progress Energy provides free energy makeovers

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 01:14 PM.

Nearly 1,200 low-income customers in Apalachicola will soon receive a much-needed boost from Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy.

Through the company’s innovative Neighborhood Energy Saver program, the homes and apartments of qualified customers will receive a complimentary energy makeover, which includes the installation of up to 16 energy-saving improvements. The company will also educate customers about the behaviors and other factors that contribute to their energy bills.

“Progress Energy Florida is committed to help our customers better understand and manage their energy use,” said Alex Glenn, president of Progress Energy Florida. “We provide customers the tools to help reduce their energy bills, and the information needed to make long-lasting, positive change.”

The Neighborhood Energy Saver program benefits low-income customers living in select, census-defined communities. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Progress Energy has implemented the program in more than 30 communities across the state and installed more than 280,000 energy-efficiency improvements in more than 15,000 low-income customers’ homes.

The program’s kickoff will take place Tuesday, April 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Apalachicola Senior Center & Community Facility at 205 Dr. Fredrick S. Humphries St.

Eligible customers will learn about the program and the energy-efficiency improvements that, when used in conjunction with energy-saving practices, can help save up to $150 a year in energy costs.

In partnership with the city of Apalachicola, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Franklin County government, Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola (HCOLA) and Capital Area Community Action Agency, Progress Energy plans to install energy-efficient improvements in 1,179 homes at no cost to residents.

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