The Fort Frances Power Corp. on Friday introduced the new AffordAbility Fund Program.
The local utility will deliver the program that is designed to alleviate electricity bill costs for residents and families with moderate incomes.
Those who qualify for assistance through the fund will receive free energy saving upgrades to their home that will make it more energy-efficient and help reduce their electricity bills for the long-term.
Upgrades include a Home Energy Kit with products that may include Energy Star-certified LED light bulbs, power bar, and faucet aerator, along with energy-saving tips.
Customers demonstrating a greater need could qualify for equipment such as new appliances, programmable thermostats, and building insulation.
“Fort Frances Power [Corp.] is committed to expand our thinking about how energy efficiency can be deployed and increase residential home energy efficiency,” said Joerg Ruppenstein, president and CEO of the FFPC.
“The AffordAbility Fund Program is about increasing support and ensuring opportunities are available for our customers to save on their electricity bills through energy efficiency,” he noted.
“When you save energy, you save money, and you may see the comfort, health, and value of your home increase.”
Whether residents rent or own, or live in a house or an apartment, they can be eligible for the AffordAbility Fund Program.
The level that they qualify for depends on net income and average energy bill.
Those who are eligible for the AffordAbility Fund Program do not have to pay for the upgrades or installation with the program offered free of charge.
“Older households lack adequate insulation and usually have dated and less energy-efficient appliances,” Ruppenstein said.
“Small changes through the AffordAbility Fund Program can make a big difference,” he stressed.
"A program like this can be really transformative for a community.
“The AffordAbility Fund Program provides vital support for people that need it the most, and delivers many societal benefits such as energy savings, improved health and safety, community revitalization, and enhanced energy reliability,” Ruppenstein added.
To apply for the AffordAbility Fund Program, visit affordabilityfund.org or call 1-855-494-FUND.
Those who start the process will be asked to answer a quick questionnaire.
An information session also will be held here for potential community partners also will be held here this Wednesday (June 20).
For details or to attend, call 1-807-767-4443 ext. 223.