Huntsville Utilities offers Extreme Energy Home Makeover for qualifying residents

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Utilities is offering an extreme energy home makeover to 1,200 homes in our area. It's partnering with TVA with the hope to help make low-income families more energy efficient. The makeovers also help lower energy bills by up to 25 percent. Everything is free to those who qualify.

As the season changes from fall to winter, many will be cranking up the heat to stay warm. "Quite expensive, close to $200 a month," said Viva Perez.

Perez has lived in her home for 52 years. Memories fill the home, but because of poor insulation, ductwork and an old HVAC unit, warm air was leaking out. "When you live on a fixed income, it's hard. I could have never afforded it," said Perez.

She's one of hundreds who qualify for the Huntsville Extreme Energy Makeover.

Utility workers walk through, checking HVAC units, window and door seals, ductwork and insulation; searching for wasted energy and replace it, free of charge. Their goal? To drop your energy bill by 25 percent. "It could possibly drop their bill $75 to $100," said Harry Hobbs, Public Affairs Liaison for Huntsville Utilities.

With Ms. Perez being on a fixed income, a new HVAC unit wasn't in the budget. But now, she doesn't have to worry about it, and that money can be put towards something else. "I've already planned a big vacation,” said Perez. "She's the beginning of many homes that we hope will becoming more energy efficient and they will have more disposable income."

The whole process will take four to six months. In order to qualify, you must meet the income requirements and show proof of home ownership. The home must also be at least 20 years old with electric heat only. For more information on how you can apply, click here.

If you don't qualify, click here for tips on how to save money on your electric bill this winter.

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