Holiday Light Exchange Happening Next Week!
Mark your calendar! The annual Holiday Light Exchange is coming up on December 2 (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and December 3 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at City Hall.
River Falls Municipal Utilities has a program that allows RFMU customers to trade in two set of incandescent holiday lights and get two sets of LED lights for free. But be prepared for such an event – because many of your neighbors are! This is the fourth year of the program, and it has been well-received. Aside from avoiding all the potential pain involved with the old lights, you can save money on your electric bill. LEDs cost up to 90 percent less to run and last much longer than incandescent holiday lights. You can expect to save around $15 per year running LED holiday lights for the next ten years.
The recycling component has a good story too. River Falls Municipal Utilities has partnered with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to recycle all the old lights at no cost. The old strands are delivered to sheltered workshops in Minnesota where adults with disabilities remove the recyclable components. The recyclables are weighed, and the worker is paid. This program provides work and keeps our natural resources out of the landfills.
To get involved, simply clip the coupon in the City newsletter (you can find it on the City's website www.rfcity.org) and bring it to City Hall during the designated exchange date/time. Get there early, because its first come, first serve, and based on past years, this is a promotion people do not miss!
Energy Assistance Available
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Operating with federal and state funding, the program provides assistance to approximately 225,000 Wisconsin households annually. Most types of fuel are eligible to receive assistance. Whether you use wood, propane, natural gas, electricity, or fuel oil to heat your home, energy assistance is available if you qualify. Households with income at or below 60 percent of the Wisconsin state median income may be eligible for WHEAP and weatherization services. Many households with income from farms, offices, factories and other work places receive WHEAP assistance and weatherization services.
The amount of the benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs. The funding pays a portion of the costs, but the payment is not intended to cover it entirely. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier. For more information on the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) and how to apply, please call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947), or visit the "Where to Apply" tab on www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov to find your local energy assistance agency.
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