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New Richmond Utilities participates in the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), which means that customers of the utility may apply for assistance with household heat and electric costs beginning Oct. 1, 2014.

For more information or to begin the application process, see Home Energy Plus or call the toll-free number 1-866-432-8947.

WHEAP accepts applications through May 15. Weatherization assistance is also available through WHEAP, and electric assistance is available through Wisconsin’s Public Benefits program. Local social services agencies can help residents deal with emergency situations.

By Weston Arndt
Energy Services Representative New Richmond Utilities

Moving into a first apartment or relocating to a new home offers an opportunity to start forming new energy-saving habits.

Lighting is an easy place to start because it requires little effort and comprises about 5% to 10% of the average household’s electricity bill. Because of new lighting standards that went into effect in 2012, almost all light bulbs sold in the United States – including incandescents – use 25% to 80% less energy than they did in the past. September and October are a good time to stock up on compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, as many stores offer fall sales and cash-back rebates. LED bulbs have a higher upfront cost, but use very little energy and can last for years.

A WPPI Energy Member