Last year, over 10% of 2-1-1's call volume was from individuals seeking assistance for utility bills. Cold weather often increases our area's need for utility assistance, as many community members struggle with the high cost of keeping their families warm each winter.
There are a few programs in our area that seek increase the energy efficiency of homes and alleviate the financial strain of utility bills by offering weatherization programs to low-income households. These programs improve the insulation of their clients' homes, which not only reduces heating bills in the winter, but also air conditioning bills in summer. Programs that weatherize may offer a variety of home enhancements, including air sealing and heating system inspections.
Call 2-1-1 for referrals to programs in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties that help with weatherization, or view the list of programs on 2-1-1's online community resource database.
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