As Summer Temps Approach, Reduce Costs, Ensure Safety and Increase Comfort for Seniors in Their Homes

Summer is fast approaching and as temperatures rise, so will electric bills. Few groups will be harder hit by bill increases than the elderly.

Summer is fast approaching and as temperatures rise, so will electric bills. Most people use electricity to cool their homes and with that comes higher bills. CMC Energy Services works with several local utilities to offer free services to help seniors keep monthly bills low.

Few groups will be harder hit by bill increases than the elderly. Nationally, 56 million senior citizens — approximately 30 percent of whom live on a fixed income — are already feeling the effects of inflation, which has steadily risen during the past year. To add to the burden, adults above 65 are more likely to live in poverty than younger adults, according to Census Bureau data. 

Help is available, though, for the elderly — and other lower- and middle-income homeowners and renters. Seniors interested in lowering monthly bills should consider a home energy assessment, which is free for income-eligible customers. Energy assessments are available from every utility company and requesting a home visit is as simple as a telephone call. 

During an energy assessment, a well-vetted, experienced professional will assess each property's ability to contain cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. Following the assessment, the energy advisor will suggest to the customer ways to save money by improving the air seal on their homes and/or find other energy efficiency suggestions. 

Many energy assessments include free items, such as LED lights, faucet aerators and energy-efficient power strips. An assessment can save a homeowner anywhere from 10-15 percent off their monthly energy costs.

To contact a local energy company to arrange an energy assessment, visit its website and search for "energy assessments."

About CMC Energy Services

CMC Energy Services is a certified women-owned business (WBENC) that supports more than 30 utility energy efficiency programs across 10 states in residential, low-income, multifamily and commercial markets. CMC works closely with major utilities and government agencies across America, and its nearly 400-person team has provided energy audits to more than 600,000 residences and 50,000 commercial buildings. Its programs provide broad economic, energy, environmental, public health and employment benefits on a national level, and it collaborates with regulators and energy providers to deliver results. Named a Top Workplace in the Delaware Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey, CMC invests in its team members with paid training and always looks for strong new talent. Learn more at www.cmcenergy.com.

Media Contact: 
Kate Ryan
kate@kateryanpr.com
(774) 929-5223

Source: CMC Energy Services

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