Middle Tennessee Electric Completes 100th Home Uplift Renovation

Jul 19, 2023 at 05:20 pm by WGNS News

MTE's Chris Jones and Robert White attend the Home Uplift celebration

SMYRNA, TN. – July marks a milestone as Middle Tennesse Electric (MTE), in partnership with TVA EnergyRight, celebrated the 100th Home Uplift energy renovation for qualifying residents.

Through Home Uplift, MTE and TVA EnergyRight work with neighbors in need to provide meaningful home energy upgrades at no charge to reduce energy bills and improve air quality and comfort. On average, Home Uplift participants save more than 25% on their energy costs each year, which amounts to hundreds of dollars in savings on utility bills.


Jason Maierhofer, the TVA North Regional Vice President, pointed out a few highlights of the Home Uplift program when discussing it with Adam May… MTE and TVA EnergyRight have invested $1,555,000 in homes in the area through Home Uplift, with each home receiving an average of $10,000 worth of energy-efficient upgrades. Typical upgrades include HVAC repairs or replacement, ductwork, air sealing, insulation, window and door sealing, and more.

This special program helps lower income residents drive their energy bills down, their quality of life up, and makes homes more energy efficient. Amy Byers with Middle Tennessee Electric in Murfreesboro stated…

“I think Home Uplift is one of the best programs I’ve seen TVA implement because it directly impacts those who may have a hard time figuring out their energy needs,” says Robert White, MTE vice president of member services & community relations. “The folks who end up having the highest bills can’t afford to upgrade their HVAC or insulation, and it’s no fault of their own.”

Recently, White approached his church leaders at First Baptist Church Murfreesboro with a proposal to donate to the Home Uplift program. The church is a second home to White, who also serves as a deacon. Senior Pastor James McCarroll says he often speaks to his congregation about the meaning of “neighbor” and encourages them to let go of preconceived notions.

Pastor McCarroll hopes this donation will encourage others to act. “You cannot say you’re serious about the health of your community if you’re not directly investing in the people who need to be healthy in your community.”

MTE and TVA EnergyRight celebrated this milestone at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center July 13th, 2023.

Learn more about the Home Uplift program by visiting MTE.com/HomeUplift. Home Uplift can save qualifying residents hundreds of dollars on their utility bills, with 100% FREE home energy improvements.

VIDEO BELOW - Hear real stories from local people on how Home Uplift has increased the quality of life for many Rutherford County residents in the below video (Scroll down for video). You’ll also hear what community leaders like First Baptist Church Pastor James McCarroll have to say about the program.

Do You Qualify? Rutherford County residents can apply for energy saving upgrades to their home online through the Home Uplift program by Clicking HERE. You can also call MTE at 615-890-9762 or 877-777-9020.

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