CPS Energy takes $350 bill saving program to San Antonio’s westside

03/17/2015

News

This year’s erratic weather has made it hard for local families with homes that lack insulation to keep their energy bills down. However, qualifying families can get CPS Energy’s help to apply for up to $5,000 of free energy-saving measures, including insulation, at a Community Programs Fair taking place this Saturday at Stafford Elementary, 415 SW 36th St.

Customers can apply onsite for Casa Verde, a free home weatherization program, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and be immediately scheduled for a house evaluation. An online questionnaire is now available to give customers an early idea if they qualify.

“Casa Verde helps hard-working families lower energy bills to save money for other basic needs,” said District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez. “Nearly 600 homes have been weatherized in District 6, but there are many more families who could benefit. So, I hope there will be a great turnout with CPS Energy bringing the program directly to our community for quick and easy onsite applications.”

District 6 resident Paul Rocha benefitted from the program earlier this year.

“My girls and I no longer have to sleep in the living room around our gas fireplace to try to stay warm,” Rocha said. “The new furnace and insulation have helped us save more than $100 this year. We received great service through Casa Verde and everything was quickly installed in a few days.”

More than 10,000 families have saved an estimated $5.7 million through Casa Verde – an average of $350 a year per household. Customers also have saved 11 megawatts of energy for our community, which is enough to power 2,000 homes.

Eligible customers also could bring up to nearly $150 a year back into their budgets with affordability discounts. Other onsite assistance includes helping seniors apply for the new Residential Senior Citizen Late Payment Waiver.

Customers must bring the following to apply for the programs:

  • Copy of valid photo I.D. for applicant
  • Proof of current income for all members living in home, ages 18 or older, or verification of unemployment
  • Recent CPS Energy bill or account number

The event also includes giveaways, safety tips and registration for community services from:

  • Gonzaba Medical Group
  • WellMed
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • CommuniCare
  • Mexican American Unity Council
  • San Antonio Food Bank

For more information about Casa Verde, visit cpsenergysavers.com or call (210) 353-2272 (CASA).

CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric company, providing service to 756,000 electric and 334,000 natural gas customers in the Greater San Antonio area. The company offers the lowest rates among the top 10 largest U.S. cities and second lowest among the top 20, while ranking number one in wind-energy capacity among municipally owned energy systems and number one in Texas for solar generation. For more information, visit newsroom.cpsenergy.com.

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