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Gulfport neighbors learn about a free inspection program to make homes energy efficient

A new program offers a free inspection to help make homes more energy efficient. (Photo source: WLOX News) A new program offers a free inspection to help make homes more energy efficient. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Community leaders in Gulfport are spreading the word about a free program that could help homeowners save money on their power bills. They met at the Isiah Fredericks Community Center Monday night, hoping to reach between 300-400 homeowners around 34th Avenue. The goal was to raise awareness about a program that could help cut their electricity bills every month.

On Monday, Henry Johnson's home on Harrison Drive got a thorough inspection, inside and out. An energy efficiency auditor from Mississippi Power showed Johnson and his wife simple steps they can take to save money on their electric bills.

"You're good and sealed here, but you're not sealed here," Fischer said as he pointed to the windows.

"I learned to make sure my windows are caulked real good and stay on my wife about washing all the time. He told me don't wash all the time," said Johnson.

From washing too many small loads of laundry, to not having enough attic ventilation, the auditor explained how they can waste energy. Having proper indoor insulation, air conditioning filters, ceiling fans, and the right light bulbs can make a big difference.

"CFL bulbs in here would also save you some money," Fischer told Johnson as they walked through the home.

Mississippi Power offers the free inspection to its customers. Plus, low-income homeowners can get assistance to fix problem areas.

"Depending on your income, it can be anything from checking your heating and air conditioning, it can be help with your ducts, insulation, things like that. Those are the little things you don't think about, but they add up later on," said Mississippi Power Spokesman Bill Snyder.

So as the July heat sizzles and air conditioners are on full blast, the goal of the program is to help homeowners from blowing away too much money as they try to keep their cool.

"What he explained to us, it helps a whole lot. There's a few things I have to do and try to make ends meet, it'll help a whole lot," said Johnson.

Mississippi Power works with community organizations to identify areas that would benefit from the "Neighborhood Efficiency Program". Anyone interested in the program can call (855) 693-8326. The company hopes to reach about 1,200 homes in its service area this year.

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