Bridges offers energy-saving items

SIDNEY — Bridges Community Action Partnership has offered Shelby County residents who qualify the opportunity to receive free, energy-saving measures for their homes.

In order to qualify for the nonprofit’s electric energy program, county residents must receive their electricity from either AEP, Ohio Edison or Dayton Power and Light, while also meeting the income eligibility requirement of 200 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines ($48,600 for a family of four).

Some of the energy efficiency measures Bridges may provide to eligible households include:

• Changing light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer. These efficient bulbs would be installed in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room.

• Replacing inefficient refrigerators with energy-saving models as household appliances account for 13 percent of the average home electric bill. Energy Star appliances use 10 to 20 percent less energy than standard appliances.

• Instituting water-saving measures like insulating the water heater and hot water pipes, which can reduce heat loss by 25 to 45 percent. In addition, installing water-saving showerheads and low-flow fixtures around the house can help achieve water savings of 25 to 60 percent.

For information regarding guidelines and to schedule appointments, call 937-507-9341.