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FORT PIERCE -- The City of Fort Pierce, in partnership with the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, is providing free home energy makeovers for qualifying families in Fort Pierce through the Weatherization Education Outreach Program. FPUA estimates that these upgrades as well as good water conservation practices will equate to families saving as much as 10 percent a year on their utility bills, or as much as a month of energy usage.
Citizens are encouraged to complete an online application by visiting the FPUA website at www.FPUA.com, and clicking on the Weatherization Education Outreach Program link. Bring completed applications to FPUA and visit with a customer service representative who will answer questions and explain the approval process.
Examples of energy-efficient upgrades available as part of the program include installation/replacement of weather stripping, air conditioning filters, programmable thermostats, low-flow shower heads, exterior doors, water heater timers, attic insulation, broken windows and CFL/LED light bulbs. Maintenance to existing air conditioners and duct work is also available through the program.
"Our goal is to make a difference in our customers' lives, and one way we can do that is by helping them improve their home's energy efficiency to save money year-round," said Bill Thiess, director of utilities for FPUA. "We can all learn to be more energy efficient, and through this initiative, we can reach out and help those who need it most."
The City of Fort Pierce is contributing $15,000 from its Community Development Block Grant to the Weatherization Education Outreach Program. Added to FPUA's contribution, the program will provide upwards of $65,000 toward energy-efficiency home improvements.
"By partnering with FPUA in this worthwhile endeavor, we have the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives in a very concrete way...saving them money and making their homes more affordable and comfortable as well," said Linda Hudson, Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce. "We know that low-income families in older homes spend a disproportionate percentage of their budget on energy bills."
While the Weatherization Education Outreach Program is aimed at low-income FPUA customers, all FPUA customers can start saving on their utility bills today. FPUA encourages customers to conduct their own home energy makeover by visiting www.fpua.com and implementing the suggested energy efficiency upgrades. Many of the upgrades involve simple tasks that only take a few hours to complete, like controlling thermostat settings, turning off fans before leaving a room or limiting the time a pool pump runs.
"Implementing energy-saving measures can really make a big difference in money savings and comfort," said Hudson. "We're proud to be involved in these kinds of community partnerships and will continue to support FPUA's initiatives in this area."
For more information, call FPUA at (772) 466-1600, Ext. 3900.