North Memphis

MLGW to give away kits and tips for saving cash January 14 online, January 15 in North Memphis

Memphis Light Gas and Water is hosting a free, virtual EnergySmart workshop and weatherization kit giveaway to help customers save money and reduce energy usage. They're also partnering with The Time is Now Douglass Redevelopment Corporation in North Memphis to distribute free kits there.

The EnergySmart workshop will be held Thursday, January 14, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests will hear energy tips and will receive a conservation kit post-event valued at $50. Kits distributed in North Memphis are valued at $10. Register for the virtual event here

Energy kits can be a big help for both homeowners and renters. They typically include things like weather stripping, window insulation film, and information on easy ways to reduce usage and save cash. Higher-value kits may include things like caulk, foam outlet covers, or energy-efficient light bulbs. 

Beyond reducing utility costs, improving a home's weather defenses reduces wear and tear on its heat and air systems.

"The hope is that by providing these simple energy tips and the basic kit, the homeowner will start to realize how much money can be saved by investing in their homes with proper weatherization," said Kathy Yancey-Temple, executive director of The Time is Now Douglass Redevelopment Corporation. 

TTINDRC will partner with MLGW on the North Memphis kit giveaway on Friday, January 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Douglass Community Center located at 1616 Ash Street.

To receive a kit, drivers must have the event's postcard flyer printed and displayed on their dashboard. Drivers will remain in their vehicles.

"Most, if not all of the homes in Douglass are over 50 years old with leaks around windows & doors, no proper ventilation, and with old heating and cooling systems like window air conditioners and floor furnaces or wall heaters. All of these things amount to higher energy cost," said Yancey-Temple.

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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017.