Life-Changing Comfort

TVA’s Home Uplift helps families live comfortably by lowering power bills and improving energy efficiency.

JANUARY 25, 2021 — Nestled in a quiet Memphis neighborhood, Keisha Robinson was excited to own her first house.

“It was milestone I wanted my son to see me accomplish,” said Robinson.

Keisha Robinson

Memphis resident Keisha Robinson says Home Uplift helped her feel comfortable in her home and lowered her utility bill. 

Robinson’s two-story red brick home sits a mile away from I-55, surrounded by the convenience of grocery stores, gas stations and fast-food restaurants.

However, Memphis’s extreme climate makes the older home hot in the summer and cold in the winter.   

The results were high utility bills. 

Despite TVA’s low electric rates, which can be up to 23% lower than other utilities during the hottest periods of the summer, aging homes often face higher bills due to poor insulation and older heating and air systems.

With high energy bills and the costs of new homeownership, Robinson could not afford to make the necessary energy upgrades to keep her bills affordable.

Listen to Your Mother

But it wasn’t long before Robinson found out about a program that could offer a long-term solution to her energy bill woes from a trusty source: her mom. Robinson’s mother had recently participated in the TVA EnergyRight Home Uplift program.

“Mom had a great experience and encouraged me to sign-up through my local power company, Memphis Light, Gas and Water,” said Robinson.

Robinson soon found out that her home was eligible for Home Uplift too. Expert Home Energy Advisors from TVA performed an evaluation of Robinson’s home and determined the house needed additional insulation and a new HVAC unit. Soon, it was installed free of charge by trained, vetted contractors from TVA’s Quality Contractor Network.

“Before the upgrades, I would have a $300 utility bill and it was just me living here,” said Robinson. Now Robinson does not wince when opening her utility bill.

Dramatic Changes are Possible

According to Frank Rapley, senior manager of TVA EnergyRight, whose team manages the Home Uplift program, most Home Uplift participants experience a 25% monthly savings on their power bills. “After we do our work, it’s like getting a pay raise, because your power bill decreases dramatically.”

Starting in 2018, TVA invested over $9 million in Home Uplift to help customers with limited means make long-lasting free energy efficiency upgrades to help lower their monthly utility bill. To date, TVA matching funds and donations from community partnerships and local power companies have invested about $16 million in Home Uplift. 

“TVA believes in uplifting lives,” said Rapley. “Home Uplift is just one TVA program that directly improves the quality of life for families across seven states.”

Contact your local power company to find out more about Home Uplift.