The Rocky Mount City Council recently adopted a resolution proposed by Citizens for Fair Utilities to make May UTILITY AWARENESS MONTH.
The Rocky Mount Telegram wrote an editorial about Utilities Awareness Month and I am in the process of writing a letter to the editor. I think this editorial is somewhat sarcastic in nature and they could benefit from some insight into what we actually do.
From Rocky Mount Telegram:
Energy boost Â– experts can help
Rocky Mount Telegram
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
At first listen, the idea of declaring May as Utilities Awareness Month in Rocky Mount seems unnecessary. Based on the number of people outraged over high electric bills who show up at public meetings each month and who write the newspaper each week, it’s safe to say most people in this area are already aware of their utilities.
But the informational campaign approved this week by City Council is worth the ceremonial paper the resolution was written on.
It’s good that the city agreed to dedicate next month to utilities, not because angry electric customers need additional fuel to protest ElectriCities and power providers, but because there has never been more political or social momentum toward making homes energy-efficient. Now is a perfect time to build on that momentum.
There are a number of programs available that, more than staging protests against electric providers, will lead to actual savings on monthly bills.
Low-income families living in dated houses have access to a pot of millions of dollars, set aside through the federal stimulus package for the sole purpose of weatherizing homes. Individual home owners will be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in some instances for new insulation, windows, caulking and other energy-efficiency repairs.
That program is administered locally through Martin County Community Action, Inc. For more information, call 866-916-1952.
And for households that don’t qualify for the government help, the city offers low-cost energy audits. For a reasonable fee, a professional will come to your home and make common sense recommendations that could save hundreds of dollars on electric bills over the course of a year. For more information on that program, call Jessica Williams at 972-1269.
Utility costs can without a doubt cripple household budgets. Here’s hoping a little utility awareness will offer local residents practical methods to help soften the sting.