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Energy efficiency program for low-income customers comes to Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Duke Energy Progress is hosting a workshop Thursday for low-income households in the Wilmington area that qualify for an "energy makeover."

These residents have been pre-notified about their eligibility for this program by mail. The goal is to help them learn how to save money on their bills.

Through Duke Energy Progress company's Neighborhood Energy Saver program, the homes and apartments of qualified Duke Energy Progress customers in the Brooklyn community can receive the installation of up to 16 energy-saving improvements, at no out-of-pocket cost.

The company is also educating these customers about actions they can take to lower the cost of their monthly energy bills.

Thursday's event will provide background to qualified residents on the program and how they can save energy and money by participating.

Organizers will also review some of the energy-saving improvements that will be installed through the program. 

For example, one of the improvements offered is an HVAC filter.

The Neighborhood Energy Saver program benefits low-income customers living in select communities. Since the program's inception in 2009, Neighborhood Energy Saver has been implemented in more 17,000 low-income customers' homes in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The "energy makeover" includes a home energy assessment, to determine what energy saving measures are needed in the home, and the installation of up to 16 improvements, depending on what is needed to make a customer's home more energy efficient.

Some of  the items could be door sweeps or a low-flow showerhead.

The program improvements include:

  • water heater wraps and insulation for water pipes;
  • low-flow faucet aerator and low-flow showerhead;
  • refrigerator coil brush and refrigerator thermometer;
  • wall plate thermometer;
  • HVAC winterization kit;
  • water heater temperature check and adjustment; and

The Wilmington Neighborhood Energy Saver program is targeting homes and apartments within the following boundaries:

  • north – Bess Street & Creekfront Dr.
  • east – 11th Street & 12th Street
  • south – Market Street
  • west – N. Fourth Street & N. Seventh Street

These programs are paid for by a small monthly charge on Duke Energy Progress customers' bills that is used to recover the costs of implementing the programs. Because these programs are funded through the monthly charge, the measures offered through Neighborhood Energy Saver are provided to qualified residents at no cost.

Customers either need to be home for their assessments when our teams are canvassing the qualified areas or schedule an appointment for a time that works best for them. They can also make an appointment during tonight's event.

The event will be held at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy located at 813 Nixon Street in Wilmington, NC on Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

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