Lower Your Energy Bill

Top 10 No Cost Steps You Can Do This Winter
1. Turn down your heating system’s thermostat to 68°F. Turn it down even lower if no one is home for several days.
2. Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F and reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for laundry whenever possible.
3. Turn off lights, televisions and computers when not in use.
4. Remove and recycle your second refrigerator.
5. Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north side during the day.
6. Clean refrigerator coils and set the temperature to 36° to 39°F and the freezer to 0° to 5°F.
7. Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use. Don’t send warm air up the chimney.
8. Match the size of your pot or pan to the size of stove burner and cover them with lids when cooking.
9. Once a year, drain about one gallon of water from your water heater to remove sediment.
10. Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s heat drying option.

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Help Available To Those In Need Through Operation Warm

The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes pay utility bills – during both the cold winter months and in the summer, when utility bills can climb due to the summer heat. In Morgan, Cullman and Lawrence counties, LIHEAP funds are distributed by Community Action Partnership of North Alabama. In 2014, Community Action assisted 159 HU customers in paying their utility bills.

“Assistance programs administered by Community Action can be a lifeline to someone on a fixed income during winter and summer temperature extremes,” explains HU Customer Service Manager Terri Harris.

Unfortunately, LIHEAP’s federal funding is not enough to help everyone who needs assistance, and some families with emergency situations may fall out of the program’s income cap. Community and donation-funded programs, such as Operation Warm, help to bridge that gap. Last year, HU customers donated $2,728.10 to Operation Warm; 100 percent of the money donated is used to help people in Hartselle.

Eligible households  can receive assistance from Community Action up to twice each year. If you or someone you know needs emergency assistance with a utility bill, you can apply for help from Community Action by calling (256) 260-4050 or making an appointment online at www.northalabamacommunities.org.