The City of Niota is partnering with Greenspace Chattanooga to bring an Empower Energy Savings workshop to McMinn County.

The workshop will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Empower Energy Savings workshops are hosted to educate people in the community on how to stay warm in the winter, without increasing utility bills.

“One goal of Empower is to help people receive and share information on how making small low- and no-cost changes can save them money each month. SETHRA started sponsoring this program to support clients who are accessing the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),” said Ella Kliger, Greenspace’s outreach coordinator. “People are often having a tough time paying for high electric bills and the funding available through LIHEAP helps.”

Niota Mayor Lois Preece noted that she’s happy to have this as a public service in the town.

“I am happy the Niota Library can host this program again. I attended it last fall and learned many helpful and easy tips to save energy in my home,” she said. “The material that is distributed was very helpful in winterizing my house.  Niota is lucky to  have this energy saving program again and I hope many people will take advantage of it.”

In the workshop, topics of energy saving will be discussed that anyone can do.

TVA and other local power companies have partnered with Greenspaces to give participants items that will give them an opportunity to make a difference in their own home.

“Each person who attends the Empower workshop this month will receive a free kit with two LED bulbs, caulk, weatherstripping, foam sealant and more to help make homes more comfortable and cheaper to heat,” said Kliger.

The workshops are 45 minutes long and open to anyone who would like to attend.

For anyone wanting to attend, it is requested that they call (423) 742-7417 in advance so that there are enough kits for all the participants, but pre-registration is not required.

These are the other locations that the Empower workshops will be hosted in the area:

• Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Meigs-Decatur Public Library at 120 E. Memorial Drive in Decatur

• Monday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at the McMinn County Courthouse at 6 East Madison Avenue in Athens.

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