Inside Appalachian Voices

Saving Energy, One Utility at a Time

Date: August 10, 2015

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Violet Scholar, a volunteer from Lansing, N.C., explains on-bill financing and energy efficiency at a tabling event.

Violet Scholar, a volunteer from Lansing, N.C., explains on-bill financing and energy efficiency at a tabling event.

Our Energy Savings for Appalachia team has been campaigning to bring energy efficiency to the High Country of North Carolina, a region that spends nearly three times more of their income on electric bills than the average American.

The campaign’s current focus is encouraging Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative to offer an on-bill financing program to make home energy upgrades available to their members of all income levels. On July 29, we hosted a press conference and event in Boone, N.C., where community members spoke about how energy savings has reduced their electric bills, and thanked Blue Ridge Electric for taking the necessary steps to consider an on-bill finance program.

To date, the team has gathered the signatures of more than 1,000 residents and 20 businesses and service agencies in support of the program. Learn more at appvoices.org/highcountry.

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