HEEM program celebrates 500th extreme energy makeover


Katherine Woods receives a plaque recognizing her home as the 500th HEEM project.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As intense heat settles over the Tennessee Valley and air conditioners run non-stop, some Huntsville Utilities customers are actually seeing their bills go down.

The company is celebrating its 500th home energy makeover.

The projects are completed at no cost to qualified homeowners, through the Huntsville Extreme Energy Makeover (HEEM) program.

Each makeover is intended to reduce a home’s energy consumption by 25%.

The program is funded by an $11.7 million TVA grant.

HU President Jay Stowe says the goal is to complete more than 1,100  makeovers before the grant ends in September 2017.


Customers interested in applying for the program should contact extreme@hsvutil.org or 256-705-7500.

According to the HEEM website, participant qualifications are as follows:

  • Homes must be 20 years old or older
  • Homes greater than 50 years of age must be screened to determine status as to historical designation per the following web-sites:
    National Register of Historic Places
    Alabama Register of Landmark and Heritage
  • Participants must own the home that is to be qualified/improved
  • Participants must sign an income verification statement and liability release form
  • Participants must provide a picture identification
  • The total household income of participants during the previous calendar year, must not exceed the limits established for very low income residents of Madison County by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Participants must heat their homes primarily through electricity
  • Homes are not eligible in cases where gas heating equipment has be affixed to the house for the purpose of primary heating. This restriction exists even when heating equipment is no longer in service

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