Winter has arrived and as folks prepare to wrap gifts, they should also make sure that their walls are wrapped and protected from cold weather. Lack of wall installation, wall cracks, and air infiltration problems can all contribute to a cold and drafty home causing higher energy bills. CPS Energy’s Casa Verde program provides free weatherization measures for low-income families with the intention that they will enjoy a warm and energy efficient home this season.
“I’m so glad that we decided to apply for the program, it was very simple and quick. I noticed that my home stayed very warm during the recent cold weather. Our home has high ceilings so we always knew that we needed insulation in order to save money on our electric bill. This program gave us that help we needed for free,” said program recipient Mary Lou Macias. In the last year, the Macias’ have seen a reduction of 19 percent in their electric usage thanks to weatherization measures provided by the Casa Verde program.
The Casa Verde program recently received an additional $3 million dollars to help customers that are in need of weatherization assistance. To date, the program has helped more than 2,500 home owners and renters and funding is available to help thousands more.
Home heating and cooling uses more energy than anything else in the home, accounting for about 58 percent of an average utility bill. The Casa Verde program will help lower energy costs by providing attic/wall insulation, weather-stripping, solar screens, duct seals and the replacement of incandescent light bulbs at no cost to customers that qualify. The weatherization improvements can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs and create a healthier environment in the home.
“I recommend that everyone that qualifies and wants to save money on their utility bill, applies for this program. We appreciate everything that CPS Energy has done for us,” states Macias.
The application and weatherization process is quick. After qualifying for the program and the initial home inspection, the weatherization process takes approximately one to two days. The program is available to qualifying low-income CPS Energy customers who live in Atascosa, Bexar, Bandera, Comal, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties.
Customers interested in the program should visit the CPS Energy website or an application intake session. Applications will be accepted at the following locations on select days:
Westside Customer Service Center
803 Castroville Road, Ste. 406
Every Monday, 10 a.m. – Noon & 1-4 p.m.
Southside Customer Service Center
726 SW Military Dr.
Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – Noon & 1-4 p.m.
Northside Customer Service Center
7000 San Pedro
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. – Noon & 1-4 p.m.
Eastside Customer Service Center
4525 Rigsby, Ste. 112
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. – Noon &
1 – 4 p.m.
For more information about Casa Verde, visit cpsenergy.com or call 353-CASA (2272).