Wellsville council hears how HEAT helps with gas bills

WELLSVILLE – The City Council’s agenda Wednesday included discussing opportunities to make energy affordable to low-income families and suggestions to improve services provided by the city. Though only a handful of city dwellers were present, council members discussed concerns individual citizens had expressed in prior discussions.Questar Gas manager Steve Krebs presented the HEAT project that provides low-income families with the opportunity to get through Cache Valley winters with affordable heating. A number of Questar rebate programs, partially subsidized by the federal and state governments, provide substantial returns to homeowners. The gas company also offers $25 energy audits by a specialist who will provide suggestions on how to conserve energy, Krebs said.”You can get the $25 back,” Krebs said. “It’s a part of the cost-cutting method. We are trying to get homeowners to spend less and save more energy.”While it seems counterintuitive to advise their customers to buy less of the offered products and services, Krebs said that the small fee and some government subsidies enable Questar to conduct programs like HEAT to help those who otherwise may not be able to pay for their gas bills.Perry Maughan, a Wellsville resident, used the opportunity of having a Questar specialist at the meeting and suggested that instead of placing parallel gas lines on both sides of the road, company specialists try to place them on one side as the lines sometimes hinder citizens to dig under the road.

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