Chill Your Bill Campaign to Help With Increasing Energy Bills

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014 

Cape Light Compact Launches a Chill Your Bill Campaign to Help With Increasing Energy Bills

Barnstable, MA – Cape Light Compact announced today that it is launching a Chill Your Bill Campaign aimed at assisting freezingbillconsumers to cut costs and stay warm as energy bills increase.

“There are many forecasters saying that this winter will be colder than usual,” said Compact Administrator Margaret Downey. “At the same time, electricity prices are expected to spike. People could face much higher bills than last year.”

The Chill Your Bill Campaign will build on the Compact’s regional Energy Efficiency Program. “We have many ways that consumers can start saving on their heating and electric bills,” Downey said. “We’re expanding our information and outreach efforts to make people aware of the immediate actions they can take for energy efficiency. We will distribute and publicize the easy things people can do.”

To start saving, consumers should visit our website at www.capelightcompact.org/chillyourbill for low cost ways to begin reducing energy consumption in their home. We also encourage people to sign up for our newsletter at www.capelightcompact.org/newsletter or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapeLightEnergy to stay informed about what is available. In addition, to help consumers identify where and how they can save energy, Cape Light Compact offers free energy assessments to both residential and business consumers. Benefits of a home energy assessment include: free qualified energy efficient lighting, free air leak sealing, as well as weatherization incentives (the standard incentive is 75% up to $4,000). Additional rebates may be available to help reduce the cost of other improvements or equipment noted in the energy assessment.

The energy assessment is performed by an energy specialist who visits a home or business, and compiles a list of recommendations for suggested improvements along with estimated costs and savings. “The assessment process starts with a simple phone call,” said Margaret Song, Compact Residential Program Manager. “We have had a high demand for assessments as more and more Cape and Vineyard residents become aware of the benefits, but, we’re working to reduce times by increasing the number of assessments we’re performing every week. People can do the immediate actions while they are waiting.” Song urged people to visit the Compact website (www.capelightcompact.org/chillyourbill) to see the list of cost-reducing incentives and rebates available.

The Compact’s first outreach effort is being planned with the Town of Sandwich Energy Committee on Thursday, October 9th at 7pm at the Sandwich Human Services Building. The Compact will be making a presentation on why electricity prices are increasing and what consumers can do to save energy and money on their energy bills. The Compact is working with each towns’ energy committee, and consumers can check with their town to see when the Compact’s presentation is scheduled for, or they may visit www.capelightcompact.org/chillyourbill for a list of presentations.

“The Chill Your Bill Campaign is a special effort,” Downey said, “but high energy pricing is expected to continue in New England for the next few winters. It’s important that people start now to improve their energy efficiency and reduce bills. We’re here to help.”

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For information on immediate actions, rebates and incentives visit the Compact’s website: www.capelightcompact.org/chillyourbill.

To request an energy assessment call: 1-800-797-6699

ABOUT CAPE LIGHT COMPACT

Cape Light Compact is an award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options. For more information, visit www.capelightcompact.org.

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