Columbia Offers Utility Saving Program

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COLUMBIA - The temperatures are rising and if you've turned on your air conditioner your utility bills is, too.

Columbia Water and Light, Boone Electric Cooperative and Central Missouri Community Action are offering a program called Enhanced Home Performance with Energy Star. The program helps families make their homes more energy efficient and save on utility bills.

"If you know that you had really high heating bills this winter, now is the perfect time to get signed up for this program," Utility Services Specialist Connie Kacprowicz said. "You can get energy efficiency upgrades like air sealing and adding insulation. Get those done before the heat of the summer comes on and you have to start using your air conditioner all of the time."

Kacprowicz said the program is in high demand this season. Sixty homes have already been completed and more than 25 are starting the process to receive free upgrades.

In order to qualify for the program a person must meet specific income requirements based on household size and income. For example, if your household consists of four people, you must make less than $47,700. The total income cannot exceed the 200 percent federal poverty income level. 

The program also requires applicants to be Columbia Water and Light or Boone Electric Cooperative customers, and they must own their home or have a landlord.

Landlords are required to pay 50 percent of the upgrades for single family homes and 30 percent for each multi-family homes.

Qualified applicants have the opportunity to receive free services like an energy efficiency assessment, insulation and air and duct work. 

You can access an application form from Central Missouri Community Action