Black Hills Energy Weatherization Teams throughout the company's service areas are creating potential energy savings and increased comfort by …
Black Hills Energy Weatherization Teams throughout the company's service areas are creating potential energy savings and increased comfort by weatherizing houses at no charge for homeowners who can't do so because of advanced age or health limitations. The effort also broadens awareness that applying simple, low-cost weatherization measures on a weekend afternoon can provide energy savings all year.
"Helping our customers use energy wisely is an added value of our overall service," said Castle Rock operations supervisor Ron Zuroff in Castle Rock, where the team weatherized three homes today. "An annual furnace inspection, cleaning and filter replacement creates greater efficiency, and you can reduce drafts and energy loss with weatherstripping, caulk, expanding foam, window plastic, outlet gaskets, water pipe insulation and other do-it-yourself measures."
Black Hills Energy indentified candidates for the free weatherization assistance and then determined each home's requirements. Black Hills employees are partnering with agencies and volunteers across the company to help customers chosen by level of need. Those customers also receive a complimentary package of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) that use less energy than conventional bulbs. And everyone can find energy-saving tips at blackhillsenergy.com.
To recognize Fire Prevention Week 2011 (Oct. 9-15) and its "Protect Your Family From Fire" theme, Black Hills Weatherization Teams are replacing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors if needed and installing detectors where absent for the selected homeowners.
Black Hills Energy also helps customers manage their natural gas bill with its Budget Billing option, which reduces the amount due during cold peak usage months by distributing the total out over the year for a level monthly bill. Through its Black Hills Cares energy assistance program, the company matches customer and employee donations and forwards the total to local agencies to help qualifying customers. Bill stubs feature a pledge box for designating a monthly or one-time donation. In Colorado, Black Hills Cares helps customers who qualify for assistance through Energy Outreach Colorado.
For more energy-saving tips and other programs and services from Black Hills Energy, visit blackhillsenergy.com or call the company's 24-hour customer service center at 888-890-5554.