Huntsville Utilities helps nearly 400 customers make their homes more energy efficient

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Utilities is roughly ten months into its effort to help low-income customers reduce their bills. The effort is through the Huntsville Extreme Energy Makeover Project.

The company won an $11.7 million grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority to help make homes throughout Madison County at least 25 percent more energy-efficient.

The grant money is available through September 2017 and has already helped to makeover nearly 400 customers’ homes. Huntsville Utilities has approved nearly 800 applications and has a goal of helping 1,100.

The project focuses on replacing big-ticket energy suckers, like HVAC units, windows, doors and insulation.

“The major thing would be heating and cooling systems and a lot of these people, we’re putting in HVAC systems and they’ve never had them before. They are using window units and resistance heaters,” said HU Lead Energy Adviser Bradley Lyon. “We’re putting in high-efficiency heat pumps, so when they go from strip heat to heat pump, there’s a large savings there.”

Huntsville is one of three cities to receive the TVA grant and it is already making an impact.

“Any time you help people out that are having a hard time, it makes your job easier, it makes you feel good,” said Lyon.

Huntsville Utilities continues to urge homeowners to apply for the program. To qualify for the program, houses must be 20 years old or older, owner occupied and have electric heat. Qualified applicants must also meet maximum income requirements and be Huntsville Utilities customers.

Huntsville Utilities will also educate its customers that don’t qualify in ways to control their consumption through the practice of energy-efficient habits.

Customers interested in applying for the program should contact email extreme@hsvutil.org or call 256-705-7500. To learn more, click here.