WAMY hosts energy efficiency seminar



Article Published: Mar. 24, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

frank@mountaintimes.com

There's no business like snow business, and the last couple High Country winters have had a draining effect on many residents' wallets.

WAMY Community Action wants to help.

An outreach organization for disadvantaged residents in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey (WAMY) counties, WAMY, with the help of New River Light and Power Company, is hosting an energy efficiency seminar Thursday, March 31.

"Basically, we wanted to work with New River Light and Power to offer this," WAMY's Casey King said. "I think a lot of people are interested in hearing about what they can do to lower their energy bills, especially after these last few winters."

From a business standpoint, King said, New River wants to help its customers. From WAMY's standpoint, the organization is upping the ante. Having traditionally offered home weatherization services to low-income residents, WAMY's rolling out a new affiliate program called ComfortPros, a fee-based energy saving service, designed for residents who don't qualify for low-income weatherization.

"We get a lot of requests from folks who'd like some work done or an energy assessment, but they don't qualify as limited income," King said. "There wasn't much in the past we could do to help them out. Now, we can offer these services under ComfortPros."

Those interested can learn about ComfortPros at the free seminar, as well as receive a 20-percent discount on a home energy assessment.

"The missing piece is sometimes people have a home energy assessment done, and then they don't necessarily follow through," King said. "They find out what's wrong, but don't have any way to follow through and get work done."

As such, representatives from the State Employees Credit Union and another financial institution will be on hand to offer guidance.

BPI (Building Performance Institute) professionals will offer home energy efficiency tips, and New River Light and Power's Ed Miller will speak and host a question-and-answer session.

And there's more. Attendees will receive a free energy efficiency kit, including compact fluorescent light bulbs, spray foam, low-flow showerheads and more, courtesy of New River Light and Power.

King said the seminar will be most useful to New River customers, but anyone interested is welcome to attend, "whether they're just interested in learning or considering some serious remodeling and want to add energy efficiency."

The complimentary seminar takes place Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Agricultural Conference Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, located at 971 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

New River Light and Power is sponsoring the event. For more information on WAMY, visit http://www.wamycommunityaction.org.

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