October 30, 2023
Learning how to save energy and money was a community-wide focus in October when hundreds of residents attended free home energy workshops presented by Starkville Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Starkville Utilities presented 16 EnergyRight workshops from Oct. 18-20. Along with adult workshops, Starkville Utilities’ outreach included local schools and after-school programs.
“We appreciate the involvement of schools, churches and community groups in helping us raise awareness about home energy efficiency,” said Edward Kemp, general manager of Starkville Utilities. “By appealing to different age groups, our workshops also reinforced the mindset that everyone can play a role in increasing efficiency and saving money.”
During hands-on workshops, participants learned easy, affordable strategies to improve energy efficiency and lower utility bills in preparation for winter, such as weatherstripping, adding isulation and switching to energy-efficient lighting.
Adult workshops took place at the Starkville Oktibbeha School District Discovery Center, Peter’s Rock Church, Starkville Episcopal Church, Mt. Peiler Church and the Starkville Utilities Operations Center. School workshops were held at Armstrong Junior High School, Sudduth Elementary School and the Starkville Boys & Girls Club after-school program.
Starkville Utilities also shares tips to lower heating bills and boost energy efficiency through the Warm In, Winter Out initiative; and through its EnergyRight partnership with TVA, Starkville Utilities offers several energy-saving incentives and solutions for residential customers, including free home energy audits.
Starkville Utilities is a municipally owned and operated electric and water utility, serving more than 14,000 residences, businesses and industries in Starkville as well as the state’s largest institution of higher learning, Mississippi State University.