The Knoxville Utilities Board recently announced that it will start a program called Round It Up, while will round up customer bills to the nearest dollar and give the proceeds to a community action agency to weatherize lower income homes.
In response, TIPL thanked KUB in the following letter to the editor which appeared in the December 10, 2014 issue of the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Last month’s cold snap gave each of us a wake-up call to do what we can to button-up our homes for the winter. Now would be a good time to call KUB for a home energy audit to learn what you can do to weatherize your home and about the financial incentives to do so.
However, not everyone has the resources to take advantage of KUB’s energy efficiency programs. Many lower income households lack the money to pay for weatherization measures or cannot finance them through TVA’s on-bill financing programs as their credit score is lower than 620.
Many in Knoxville cannot afford to stay warm during cold weather, endangering their health. Some will pay over half their monthly income to pay for the heating bill after a cold snap, pushed higher from living in a drafty, unweatherized home.
Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light congratulates KUB on its recently announced Round It Up program that will help lower income households to weatherize their homes. This program allows us to care for our neighbors in ways that will benefit all.
Thank you, KUB, for this opportunity to help reduce the suffering of our neighbors.