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Appalachian Power Program Helps Low-Income Customers Save on Energy Bills

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By December 31, over 200 Virginia customers of Appalachian Power should have noticeably lower electricity bills thanks to a program launched by Appalachian Power and implemented by CHP to help low-income customers conserve energy.

Appalachian’s Low Income Weatherization Program utilizes existing Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) providers in the Appalachian Power service area to deliver a wide range of supplementary weatherization products and services to income-qualified residential customers in need of help reducing home energy bills and improving the comfort and safety of their residences.

One of the largest and oldest weatherization providers in the state, CHP was selected by Appalachian Power to serve as the program’s implementation contractor. Appalachian Power has indicated it plans to contribute approximately $2.6 million to the program over three years with a goal of providing services to 920 households.

To qualify for the Virginia WAP, a household must have a total annual income at or below 60 percent of the state median income. Using widely accepted home energy audit tools, households are projected to enjoy an energy savings over 31 percent.

According to CHP Vice President of Energy Solutions Bill Beachy, less money spent on power means there is more money available for necessities such as food or medicine. “Many times, our clients are spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars for electricity that is going right out the door…or widow, or roof, or other leak-prone areas of a house. Fortunately, basic weatherization measures can help reduce costly air leaks while also addressing important health and safety issues that may be at hand. We often see residents who have to choose between paying their utility bill or buying groceries, which is why we do everything we can to help lower their energy burden.”

About Appalachian Power:

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.