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Energy Outreach Protects Against Summer Heat Risks

August 02, 2016

DENVER – Coloradans who are most vulnerable to summer's sizzling temperatures -- due to lack of mobility, illness or the inability to pay their home energy bill – are getting relief from Energy Outreach Colorado's energy bill payment assistance.

Mark M., a 53-year-old disabled diabetic from Denver, recently received help on his energy bill last a day before his home energy was to be disconnected. He no longer had to worry about the 90-day supply of insulin in his refrigerator, or whether he could afford to turn on the evaporative cooler at night so he could sleep.

"I survive on Medicare and food stamps," he said. "I've owned the same house for 27 years but it came down to keeping my truck and living in it or selling the house, so I sold my truck. I've been riding my bike for four years."

For Mark and other low-income Coloradans, the heat of summer presents a health risk. If they can't afford to pay for electricity, and aren't able to move to a cooler location, they can suffer such illnesses as muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting and heatstroke. Seniors and children are especially vulnerable. Many also rely on electricity-dependent medical devices like oxygen concentrators.

Mark M

For information about summer energy bill payment assistance, call toll-free 1-866-heat-help or go to http://www.energyoutreach.org/get-help/paying-your-energy-bill.

About Energy Outreach
EOC raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy and remain warm and safe in their homes. Established in 1989, Energy Outreach works with partner assistance organizations, vendors and subcontractors across the state to provide energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair, weatherization services, energy efficiency grants for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, energy education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers.

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