5 States

— Whew! The worst of the 2017 hurricane season is past us. That’s the good news. But the 2018 season is coming up. The off-season period – from the end of November to June 1 – is the best time to prepare your home for a hurricane. You have time to get ready, and supplies and equipment are less costly than when the demand is higher. So what exactly should you do?: Create your team. Identify those close to you (neighbor, …

fight against unfair utility rates!

— Old appliances waste both energy and money. AARP West Virginia wants consumers to know help is available to make switching to power-saving devices more affordable. Appalachian Power, which serves about 477,000 customers in the Mountain State, offers cash incentives and free appliance recycling for old working refrigerators and freezers. Free energy audits are also available to help customers make their homes more energy-​efficient. Appalachian Power also accepts tax-deductible donations to its Neighbor to Neighbor program to help low-income people pay …