LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been a brutal winter. The bitter cold and repeated storms mean many people are facing high heating bills.
Project Warm's Frank Schwartz says they work each year to help low-income and elderly residents of Louisville insulate their homes and make them more energy efficient.
Proper weatherization can help lower utility bills by as much as 20 percent. The organization also conducts workshops and supplies the needed materials, so individuals who are physically able can make the improvements to their homes themselves. All these services are provided completely free of charge.
First line of defense: Dress in layers - keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. When you are away from home or at night when sleeping and under the covers set thermostat back 5 to 10 degrees
Seal gaps around your windows, doors and drafty areas with whatever materials you have at home: folded newspaper to weather stripping from the hard ware store you will stop many drafts
Set up a "Warm Room" in your home with an electric heater. Use the heater safely and turn them off when in bed sleeping or away from home.
Attend a Free Project Warm Energy Management Workshop - These workshops will teach effective "Home Energy Use" and a hands-on training will show how to use the energy kit that each participant receives:
Energy Kit for your windows:
-Roll of plastic to cover 8 to 15 windows
-Roll of clear tape to secure the plastic on the inside of your windows
-Rope caulk to seal around gaps
-Foam rope will also help you seal around drafty areas
-Gaskets for electric outlet
-And an instruction sheet to use these materials
Two Workshops are Scheduled for:
Tuesday the 4th of March
10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
In the LGE Lobby
9th and Broadway (where LGE customers pay their bill)
Project Warm is supported by LG&E, Metro Louisville, UPS Foundation, Gheens Foundation, Honorable Kentucky Colonels, Kentucky Housing Corporation
Support Project Warm's Green Spark Award luncheon on Wed 23rd of April.
For more information, call 502-636-9276 or CLICK HERE.