First Energy's WARM Program for Low Income PA Customers

The WARM program is designed to help low-income residents in Pennsylvania save energy at home in order to decrease their electric bills. The changes that the program allows will make the customer’s home warmer in winter and cooler in the summer while decreasing energy loss in the home. This is done by using an in-home evaluation to find out where energy is being wasted in the home, and then making home improvements that will reduce that energy waste.

What does this really mean? One example would be that the evaluation determines that your attic insulation is really bad so you’re losing a lot of your home’s heat through your roof. The WARM program will pay for your new attic insulation. This will keep your home warmer and that means that you’ll need to use less heat to keep your home comfortable in the winter so your energy waste will be reduced and your bills will be lower as a result.

Some of the other changes that the WARM program might offer based on your home’s needs include:

- Weather-stripping and caulking
- Replacement of inefficient appliances such as water heaters and refrigerators
- Adding window tinting to keep the home cooler without running the AC
- Installing energy-saving light bulbs throughout the home

The WARM program is offered by First Energy, which means that it’s available to customers of Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power.  Customers of these companies can qualify for the program if they have an average electric usage of at least 600 kWh per month and an income level at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Customers who qualify can contact a local social service agency and let them know they want to apply for the WARM program. At that time, a contractor will be sent out to check out the home and the energy-saving process will begin.


Publish Date: 2012-05-17 16:05:23

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