Oak Ridge resident Peggy Brummett is just one of many happy participants in the MORE2 Program offered in our community and she urges others to apply.
“I would highly recommend this to anyone!” Brummett said in a recent interview. “I don’t understand why there aren’t a whole lot more Oak Ridgers applying. It’s made a huge difference in our home.”
Brummett applied for the MORE2 program, hoping it would help with her utility bills and, more importantly, with her peace of mind.
“I can now sleep better knowing I can rely on our heat or air conditioning and knowing it won’t cost us so much in the future,” Brummett said. “And as a bonus, there is less dust in our house.”
She suspected her old heating, ventilation, and air conditioner (HVAC) wasn’t working effectively, and her utility bills were proof she was correct. Her home was losing a great deal of costly energy due to air leakage, inadequate insulation, and the poorly working HVAC unit.
At no cost, the MORE2 Program provided a new HVAC unit, new insulated ductwork, and performed air sealing throughout the home. Brummett is recently retired from a large retail establishment in Oak Ridge, where she worked in customer service. Having worked in customer service, she knows good service when she sees it and commented on the program.
“All the workers were on time, didn’t ‘dilly dally,’ and everyone who walked in my door was excellent!” Brummett said.
Funding for MORE2, is provided through the Tennessee Valley Authority. MORE2 has been upgrading homes of qualified Oak Ridge residents since May 2016 at zero-cost to the homeowners. Upgrades include energy-efficient equipment, such as heating ventilation and air conditioners, water heaters, windows, attic, floor, and wall insulation, and much more. Many homes have experienced significant reductions in energy consumption.
“Each new citizen that qualifies is one more house that is improving its energy use, and one more resident that’s getting the most from their home,” said Bruce Applegate, assistant to the city manager for the City of Oak Ridge. “That’s a win for the resident and for the community of Oak Ridge. And helping a lifelong Oak Ridger who has contributed to our community all these years is a great way for the city to give back.”
Anyone interested in lowering their power usage can learn more about the program, eligibility guidelines, and start the application process by vising the MORE2 website at www.makeoree.com/reserve-application/ or calling (865) 375-4656. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2017, so apply as soon as possible.
MORE2 is also empowering Oak Ridgers by providing energy savings workshops for all to learn about energy-efficiency habits to help lower electric bills and create a healthier environment in the home.
We invite you to attend an upcoming MORE2 event:
- Energy Savings Education Workshop—Thursday, May 11, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Oak Ridge Civic Center
- Energy Savings Education Workshop—Thursday, May 25, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Oak Ridge Civic Center
Attendees will receive energy saving giveaways, tips on how to save energy at low or no cost, energy-efficiency education, and information on other programs.
This press release was submitted by Annie Cacheiro.
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