LG&E, Project Warm Begin 22nd Annual Weatherization Blitz This Saturday
130 Volunteer Teams Set to Weatherize More Than 260 Homes of Low-Income Elderly and the Disabled
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With winter just around the corner, more than 130 Louisville Gas and Electric Company employees and their families are joining forces with volunteers from various businesses, schools, churches and community organizations to weatherize homes for low-income senior citizens and the disabled over the next two Saturdays.
What: In its 22nd year, the annual weatherization blitz is spearheaded by Project Warm and supported by LG&E. Since its inception, volunteers have weatherized more than 6,500 homes across the community. Participants — working in teams of four to five volunteers — will focus on simple weatherization techniques such as securing and sealing plastic over interior windows to improve energy efficiency.
When: Teams will gather on Nov. 10 and 17 at LG&E's Broadway Office Complex, 820 W. Broadway, around 8:30 a.m. each Saturday where they will be given weatherization materials before heading to their assigned residences.
Why: Cold weather and poor insulation leads to increased energy use, which impacts monthly utility bills. Even with low natural gas prices set for the winter months, using energy wisely is still critical in lessening the effects of extreme temperatures on those with a fixed income. Project Warm estimates the basic energy efficiency measures performed by volunteers during the Blitz can help clients save up to 20 percent on heating bills.
What's New This Year? Bike to the Blitz — a handful of teams this year will bike to their assigned homes to bring additional environmental awareness to the event. Bike to the Blitz complements the Blitz's goal of reducing overall consumption through using energy wisely.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Kentucky Utilities serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.