ABOUT SAVE ENERGY, SAVE DOLLARS
The Save Energy, Save Dollars plan is dedicated to helping low-income Memphis residents save money on their energy bills with free weatherization and direct installation, as well as doing away with the flat fee charges on low-income customer bills. This plan will put more money in Memphians’ pocket while keeping homes cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter.
We’ve drafted a resolution for the City Council to implement the Save Energy, Save Dollars plan to reduce monthly utility bills for Memphis ratepayers.
It’s time to reduce the burden of high energy bills on Memphis families. Many Memphis families struggle to pay their monthly energy bills. Right now half of Memphis residents spend 25 percent or more of their income on energy bills. It’s time to do something about it.
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Phase 1: No up-front cost for home improvements that will save you money on your monthly energy bill.
If adopted by MLGW, the city council, and the mayor, this plan will install energy and water savings measures directly in Memphis homes and apartments. This will help customers save money right away when less electricity, gas, and water are needed. Half of the homes will also get weatherization improvements – all at no cost to residents. That means cooler homes in the summer, warmer homes in the winter and more money in Memphians’ pockets. Over five years, this plan will reduce utility bills in Memphis by $63 million and create 330 new local jobs.
Phase 2: A new rate plan to help Memphis families afford their energy bills..
The new rate plan will end the fees and fixed charges for many families based on household income, enabling all Memphis residents to pay their utility bills in full and on time. Just ending the fixed charge will save families $11.60 per month – or $139.20 per year. Arrearages and collection fees can also be reduced. These savings are in addition to the lower bills that will result from the home improvements in Phase 1.
Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council
The Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council is a democratically elected body dedicated to represent the interests of working Memphians. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.
Memphis A. Philip Randolph Institute
The Senior Constituency Group of the AFL-CIO that promotes the full participation of women and minorities in the union movement and ensure unions hear and respond to the concerns of the communities they represent. The Memphis APRI works to strengthen the ties between labor and the community. By boosting the political impact of black voters and increasing black participation in labors’ base of support we have become a leading voice on economic, political and industrial policy decisions affecting all American workers.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1288 Union
IBEW Local 1288 Union represents the employees of MLGW. IBEW is the oldest and largest electrical union in the world. As said by IBEW International President Barry, “IBEW [members] want a world where a man can go to a safe workplace, earn a fair wage and use his skills to do a good day’s work. We want a world where a woman can develop her talents to the fullest and have a wealth of opportunity before her … where workers can retire with dignity, with the security of knowing their healthcare is affordable and available … where children are treated like the precious treasure they are—nurtured, educated and loved so they can carry the torch into the future, … and where workers can organize and bargain collectively to achieve all these things in fairness and in justice.”
Black Millennials for Flint
Coalition of Concerned Citizens
Green 365 Education & Consulting
Healthy and Free Tennessee
Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality
Lauderdale Sub Neighborhood Association
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
Memphis Feminist Collective
Memphis For All
Real Life Ministries
Restore Your Vote
STAX Music Academy
Up the Vote 901