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Energy Outreach Has Assistance Funds for Sizzling Energy Bills

July 10, 2013

DENVER – As Coloradans cope with sizzling summer temperatures, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has energy bill assistance funding available across the state to help vulnerable families and seniors remain safe in their homes.

“Hot summer temperatures can be life-threatening for seniors, families with young children and people with special needs who may not be able to keep up with their energy bills or escape the heat by going to an air-conditioned shopping mall or swimming pool,” said Skip Arnold, executive director for Energy Outreach, a statewide non-profit agency that raises money for low-income energy assistance.

“It is also helpful for concerned citizens to check on elderly relatives, friends, neighbors or others who may have difficulty escaping the heat,” he added.

EOC provides energy assistance funding throughout the year to 125 assistance organizations across Colorado, including The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and senior assistance centers. Since last October Energy Outreach has contributed $7.5 million in energy assistance, as well as millions of dollars in grants to increase the energy efficiency of affordable housing and nonprofit facilities.

Here are some simple tips for keeping your home cool:

  • Because running your clothes dryer produces heat, schedule that task for later in the evening after the sun has set.
  • The dishwasher can be another heat producer, so choose the “no heat” option for your drying cycle.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which emit less heat and last longer.
  • Seal any gaps in your walls that let in the hot outside air. Common culprits are plumbing outlets, vents and recessed light fixtures.
  • Check to see if your furnace and air conditioner filters need changing.

To support Energy Outreach Colorado’s mission of helping all Coloradans afford home energy, or to apply for assistance, call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or go to www.EnergyOutreach.org.

About Energy Outreach Colorado

Helping all Coloradans afford home energy.

Energy Outreach Colorado is the only independent, non-profit organization in the state raising money to help limited-income Coloradans afford home energy. Since it was established in 1989, EOC has raised more than $200 million to fund energy bill payment assistance, energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing and non-profit facilities, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers. Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants. It has received top ratings from Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years and is an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau. Energy Outreach Colorado, www.EnergyOutreach.org, can be reached at 303-825-8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste. 200, Denver, CO 80203-1612.

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