BLACK HILLS ENERGY WEATHERIZATION TEAMS CREATING COMFORT, COST SAVINGS
MILFORD, IA - November 14, 2012 - Black Hills Energy is promoting the potential energy savings and greater indoor comfort available to anyone who takes a couple hours to weatherize their home, and Black Hills Weatherization Teams are demonstrating the point at no charge for customers chosen by need.
"Helping our customers use energy wisely is important to us," said Kristen Souder, Black Hills Energy supervisor
for Spencer. "Most do-it-yourselfers can complete a low-cost weatherization project on a weekend afternoon and see the benefits in lower energy usage year-round. Our Weatherization Teams help customers who are elderly, have health issues or physical limitations."
A thorough weatherization project can block drafts and reduce energy loss. It's a relatively inexpensive task accomplished with materials from your local hardware store - weather stripping, caulk, expanding foam, window plastic, outlet gaskets and water pipe insulation. Doors and windows are a big culprit, and don't forget the furnace.
"Manufacturers highly recommend calling on a professional for an annual furnace cleaning and inspection," Souder said. "A trained technician will go through a safety checklist and make adjustments that produce energy savings through peak operating efficiency. You'll enjoy the same benefits and peace of mind from a furnace inspection that you get from routinely scheduled automobile maintenance and inspections."
Black Hills Weatherization Teams partner with local energy assistance agencies, volunteer groups and businesses to help customers chosen by need. In Milford, Black Hills employees partnered with Upper Des Moines Opportunity to identify candidates for the free weatherization assistance and then determined each home's requirements.
Black Hills helps all of its customers manage their utility bills more effectively by offering a variety of options and services. Budget Billing is a great way to take the bite out of higher winter bills from increased usage. Budget Billing levels out bills for a more predicable amount due each month, based on average usage over the previous 12 months. In addition, the company's eBill option has snowballed in popularity as a way to view and pay bills online at no additional charge.
"We realize that even after weatherizing and taking advantage of the billing options they qualify for, some customers in today's economy struggle to make ends meet," Souder said. "We want to help where we can, and our Black Hills Cares energy assistance program is another way we give back to the community."
When a customer or employee makes a donation to Black Hills Cares, the company provides matching funds and forwards the total to the energy assistance agency serving the area the donation came from. Bill stubs feature a pledge box for designating a monthly or one-time donation. In Iowa, Black Hills Cares donations are distributed through Iowa Community Action Association .
For more energy-saving tips and other programs and services from Black Hills, visit blackhillsenergy.com or call the company's 24-hour customer service center at 888-890-5554.
Denise Montgomery 712-325-3080
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ABOUT BLACK HILLS ENERGY
Black Hills/Iowa Gas Utility Company d/b/a Black Hills Energy serves 151,000 natural gas customers in 130 Iowa communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Black Hills Corp. is based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. Black Hills Corp. serves 765,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and its non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills' 2,000 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.