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Do you want to save money on your energy bills or help a neighbor who does?

Here are three great ways to do just that – all provided by Green Built Alliance programs!

Did you know that nearly a third of U.S. households struggle to afford their energy bills, with one in five cutting back on or foregoing necessities such as food or medicine to pay for electricity and heat, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration? So if you want to address poverty, you need to address energy sustainability for those with limited incomes, especially since the world’s temperature keeps rising due to climate. That’s why Green Built Alliance is dedicated to advancing sustainability and community education through their many programs.

With funding from the City of Asheville and Buncombe County, Duke Energy, grants, private donations, and the good work of our volunteer corps, Green Built Alliance is working to improve the lives of those who struggle with rising energy costs. Three of their programs provide energy-saving measures that could help you and your neighbors! And once your neighbor sees what you are doing, they usually end up doing the same thing.

Get free energy-efficiency upgrades with Energy Savers Network!

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This free service is free for qualified low-income households located in Buncombe County to save them money on their energy bills by implementing simple but effective energy-efficiency upgrades to their home. The energy-efficiency upgrades include insulating water heaters, sealing air leaks and air ducts, installing low-flow water fixtures and door weatherstripping, as well as replacing light bulbs, creating reusable air filters and custom-built interior storm windows, etc. Apply for this free service below or learn some additional Energy Saving Tips you can do at home on your own. You could even donate, sponsor, or volunteer with this program to help out a neighbor. If you and/or a group of you are interested in volunteering with us, we promise you will enjoy learning new skills while helping your fellow community and reducing energy consumption in the fight against climate change, not to mention the “happiness factor” that volunteering does for your soul.

Get solar power and battery storage at crowdsourced prices with Solarize Asheville-Buncombe!

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Are you ready to move to renewable energy to save money on your electric bills over time? Then the Solarize Asheville-Buncombe program is a great option for you because the more who participate, the greater the savings! This program is a solar energy bulk-purchasing program that allows homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits in Buncombe County to save on the cost of solar – see pricing tiers on website. We also help give you advice on financing options and a 25% federal state tax credit that is available. So for those who don’t know how to navigate the “renewable” world, this is a great solution – reduced prices, free site evaluation, preselected installers with best-in-class equipment, AND the support of your local Asheville-Buncombe community and experts every step of the way. What more could you want? See the cost savings below that you will get after you go solar.

Get a free home energy chat with Blue Horizons Project!

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Need some help in figuring out how to reduce your energy costs at home? It may be time for an Energy Chat with Blue Horizons project who has the knowledge on what resources are available. You can meet with us via video chat to get unbiased advice that is specific to WNC’s mountain climate as well as referrals to quality local solar and energy-efficiency contractors.