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You May Qualify For CPS Energy's Casa Verde Program

Eileen Pace
TPR News

CPS Energy is looking for new applicants to its Casa Verde energy-efficiency program, a weatherization program designed to help families in need reduce their monthly utility bills.

CPS Energy provided no-cost home improvements to 800 CPS Energy customers last year.

CPS Spokesman Albert Cantu says the program offers free energy recommendations for the customer’s individual needs and home, and even sends workers to replace or upgrade items on the list:

"Solar screens, attic and wall insulation, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and caulking and weatherstripping for around their doors and windows," said Cantu.

Homeowners and renters can sign up for the program at one of the CPS Energy intake events. The first one is this Saturday from 9:00-noon at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1819 Nevada Street. Each family must qualify based on income levels. He said a household of four people must earn less than $46,000 a year to qualify ($22,000 for a one-person household).

Other homeowners can get an energy audit Through the CPS Energy Savers program for $25, which Cantu says is a $200 value. Those homeowners will get similar recommendations for saving on utility bills, but they will need to perform the work at their own expense.

After federal and state grants ended last February, the utility continued the program with funds from the Save for Tomorrow Energy Program (STEP). STEP is providing funding for Casa Verde SA through the year 2020.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.