Qualified members can receive help with energy efficiency upgrades.
MTE and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are partnering to support the Home Uplift program, which funds home energy upgrades and strives to increase energy efficiency and home weatherization for low-income households. This partnership is the first of its kind in the Tennessee Valley and marks the first time third parties have come together with the electric utilities to assist participating community members.
TVA created the Home Uplift Program to address the historically high rates of poverty faced by residents of the Southeast and assist with home improvements to increase:
- Energy efficiency
- Indoor air quality
Several homes in the program have been completed thus far by working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. An average of $9,000 to $12,000 is spent for weatherization upgrades and labor per home, and contractors must participate in MTE’s Quality Contractor Network.
Program implementation may include:
- Improving the thermal envelope of the participants home via attic insulation, duct sealing or replacement, air sealing, etc.
- Upgrading systems and technologies such as HVAC units, windows, exterior doors, lightbulbs, water heaters, etc.
- Performing pre- and post-implementation adults
- Educating participants on the operation and proper care of any systems and technologies installed
To qualify for program participation, the home must be a single-family dwelling within MTE’s service area, the participant must be the qualified electric account holder and their gross income must not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. Some families that rent their homes may also qualify under certain requirements.
For questions or to submit an application for the Home Uplift program, call 1-888-986-7262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Home Uplift program at https://energyright.com/residential/home-uplift/.