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New Richmond Utilities broadens assistance program

More New Richmond Utilities customers might be eligible for Focus on Energy's assistance program, which offers limited-income homeowners low-cost efficiency improvements to improve the comfort, safety and affordability of their homes.

The assistance program called Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, is now seeking applications from homeowners with incomes between 150-250 percent of the poverty level, which is a significant increase from the past maximum of 200 percent. To put the new maximum into perspective, a family of four's maximum eligible annual income increased to $53,000 from the previous $42,400.

"By participating in the program homeowners have a tremendous opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, at minimal cost," said Weston Arndt, Energy Services Representative. "Not only will they enjoy lower energy bills and improved comfort all throughout the year, they will have peace of mind knowing they are taking care of their investment and the environment."

Who is eligible?

Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is available to homeowners with limited incomes ($31,800 to $53,000 for a family of four) who are customers of both participating electricity and natural gas providers. To be eligible, homeowners must provide proof of all household income for the last three full months, as well as proof of ownership of the residence.

Targeted Home

Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is part of Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy program. Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR offers qualifying homeowners a no-cost energy evaluation performed by a qualified program provider. Depending on the results of the evaluation, the home might receive energy efficiency improvements, such as adding insulation, finding and eliminating drafts, replacing an inefficient heating system, installing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and more. Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR will pay 90 percent of the costs of the energy efficiency improvements -- the homeowner pays just 10 percent.

Energy efficient homes save energy and money all year long. In summer, a home that's properly sealed and insulated stays cooler and more comfortable, reducing the need for fans and air conditioners during hot daylight hours. In winter, energy efficient homes keep warm air inside, improving comfort and reducing heating costs during Wisconsin's coldest months.

Homeowners wishing to apply for Targeted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR are encouraged to call Focus on Energy at (800) 762-7077 or visit to download an application.