Nonprofit shows how you can save on your heat bill



Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 6:49 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--KREM 2 News’ 2 On Your Side was able to help a woman in early February after she contacted KREM 2 News about an incredible high gas bill, despite a furnace that did not work. Several companies stepped up to help her. Another non-profit organization is helping other people just like her.

After the story aired about the woman and her high Avista bill, multiple people contacted KREM 2 News and said it sounded a lot like their situation. The non-profit “Sustainable Works” helps any Spokane family who may struggle with high heat bills.

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Sustainable Works has a home assessment where they can pinpoint exactly where you could be saving on your energy bill.

“There's lots of older homes that lose way more energy than they need to be,” said Sustainable Works Energy Audit Consultant Troy Vonasek.

Alexandra Hayes’ home was built in the 1950’s. She knew she was losing heat, she just did not know how much.

“Just learning how much energy and heat loss my house is experiencing is ridiculous. I mean, it's like 3/4, it felt like, of the energy I'm paying for is going right out the window,” said Hayes.
The crew also changed out 20 old, energy-wasting light bulbs and weather-stripped her doors and windows.

“You don't get a homeowners manual when you buy the home. So, there's a lot of things people are unaware of,” said Sustainable Works Community Organizer Tessa Jilot.

“We help people understand their home and how it's using energy, and really connect them to the solutions they need to save money and be more comfortable,” said Sustainable Works Weatherproofing Technician Pat McRae.