Xcel offering energy conservation services

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A power company is offering customers a service it says will make homes more energy efficient.

Xcel Energy recently sent letters to customers in Eau Claire. The notices will soon go to customers in Chippewa Falls and Altoona. They say customers can make an appointment for a service technician to come into their homes and install new LED and CFL light bulbs that are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. They will also install water-conserving shower heads to help cut down on water bills. The company calls it a $100 value for free.

"Our customers pay for the Focus on Energy through their rates, so we want to bring the advantages of this program back to the customers," said company spokeswoman Liz Wolf Green.

"We've already had more than 250 costumers take advantage of this program. They've had great experiences. They get some free advice and some free products."

Dianne Powers, an Xcel Energy customer in Eau Claire, says she plans on taking advantage of this offer. "You know we try to be as energy efficient as we can, and if we can get something at no cost, all the better I guess. I think it's great, I think it's a great idea and I hope people take them up on it."

The Xcel representative may also give you tips to save on your energy bills or let you know about other Xcel programs aimed at conserving energy. It's part of the Focus on Energy program, which is aimed at making homes and businesses more energy efficient. To find out if you qualify, click on the link on the right side of this story.

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