VIGO CO, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Nearly 2000 residents on Brazil’s westside will save money on their energy bills. It’s thanks to some slight home improvements.
The effort is through Duke Energy’s Neighborhood Energy Saver Program.
Annually, recipients in this program will save around $130.
With soaring prices on almost everything, resident Ruthann Jeffries said any money saved will go a long way.
“Naturally, with gas, it’s going to help with gas. I don’t drive that much but it’ll help there,” Jeffries added.
The program has helped thousands of homes in Indiana since 2015.
Neighborhoods with older homes are chosen. Different parts of the state are chosen at least once a year.
The process involves switching to LED lights, weather stripping near doors and wrapping electric heaters to name a few of the steps.
As crews began to work on Jeffries’ home near Church Street, she said this was something that can benefit the community.
“You have to save whenever you can. If this can help you save, it might help with your gas or help with your food or other essentials that you may need,” She stated.
For now, Duke Energy will focus on the city’s westside. But, there are plans to do the same in Brazil’s eastern part of town.
“With helping reduce Kilowatt-hours the customer is using, it’s less on our grid,” Heather Klein with Duke Energy said.
All improvements come at no charge.
Even with a relatively low energy bill, Jeffries said the help is needed.
“I don’t turn down much free stuff. If there are things I can do to help, I want to do that,” She said.
A meet and greet to learn more about this project will happen this Saturday, July 9. It’ll be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 608 West National Ave.