RESIDENTIAL - Bill Assistance & Energy Efficiency

Payment Assistance


Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (CAPNA). 

  • Operation: Warm

    • One-time  assistance for elderly, handicapped, or those in health crisis situations

    • ​See CAPNA website for additional information ​

  • LiHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance​

    • One-time assistance for low-income families​

    • See CAPNA website for additional information on income limits and appointments​

Summer Energy Efficiency


  • Set your air conditioner thermostat at 78ºF for maximum efficiency.

  • Set your ceiling fan to turn counter-clockwise to create a cooling wind-chill effect.

  • Close window blinds during the day; open them at night.

  • Operate appliances at night when possible.

  • Set your water heater to 120ºF. Also, insulating it can help.

  • Turn off any electronics when not in use.

  • Wash and dry full loads only.

  • Replace HVAC filters on a monthly basis. Have your HVAC unit serviced regularly. 

  • Look for cracks or gaps around windows and doors. Seal them with weatherstripping or caulk.

  • Replace single-pane windows with double-pane OR install storm windows.

  • Have a certified HVAC technician inspect your home's duct work for leaks.

Winter Energy Efficiency

  • Set your heating system thermostat to 68ºF for maximum efficiency.

  • Bump it down to  56 - 60ºF when you leave for an extended period of time.

  • Take advantage of solar energy! Open curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days to allow free heat into your home. Close window coverings after the sun goes down to avoid losing that heat!

  • REVERSE your ceiling fan and make sure it is rotating in a clockwise direction to push warm air down.

  • Check your insulation levels. If you can see the ceiling joists in your attic, chances are you don't have enough insulation. 12 inches is a good rule of thumb. 

Download our Energy Efficiency brochure.


1002 Central Parkway SW

PO Box 2232 (35609)

Decatur, AL 35601

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