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Coloradans Seeking Energy Assistance at Peak as Temperatures Drop Again

January 22, 2014

DENVER – The need for energy bill payment assistance is at its peak across Colorado says Energy Outreach Colorado, even as temperatures are plummeting once again.  

Compared to last year at this time, nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado said it has distributed 12 percent more in funding and increased its average energy bill payment amount by 8 percent, while making payments on 4 percent more bills.  Since Oct. 1, 2013, EOC has spent $1.83 million to make an average payment of $371 for 4,928 households who were in danger of having their home energy shut off. 

In addition, EOC recently donated $1 million to Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) so that the federally-funded program, which also is above last year’s numbers, can help more families and seniors.  Those needing assistance can call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435).

“Many Coloradans are still recovering from the devastating flooding and forest fires from earlier this year, and these cold weather snaps are making it harder for them to financially recover while meeting their basic needs,” said Skip Arnold, executive director at Energy Outreach Colorado.

Energy Outreach plans to provide about $9 million in energy assistance grants to its partner agencies through next summer and anticipates helping around 120,000 limited-income households keep up with their energy bills.

About Energy Outreach Colorado
Helping 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 $192 million to fund energy bill payment assistance and energy efficiency improvements for affordable housing and non-profit facilities.  Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants.  It has received top ratings from Charity Navigator for 12 consecutive years and is an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau.  Energy Outreach Colorado,, can be reached at 303-825-8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste. 200, Denver, CO  80203-1612.

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