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Coloradans at risk without electricity in sizzling heat

03 Jul. 2017

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Coloradans at risk without electricity in sizzling heat

 

Energy Outreach Colorado provides energy assistance all year

Coloradans who are most vulnerable to summer’s sizzling temperatures -- due to their inability to pay for home refrigeration and air conditioning – can get relief from Energy Outreach Colorado’s energy bill payment assistance. 

Energy Outreach, a statewide nonprofit, helps qualifying limited-income households maintain their home energy by paying the overdue portion of their utility bill. Assistance is available year-round by calling toll-free1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or going to http://www.energyoutreach.org/get-help/paying-your-energy-bill.

This assistance was a blessing for Carolyn, a certified nursing assistant in Boulder who is raising three children on her own. “All of a sudden one day we had no electricity – no stove, no air conditioning, no refrigerator,” she recalled. “It was summer, the kids were eating like there was no tomorrow, and we had a lot of food spoil, including meat and eggs.”

After spending the night with family, she sought help through one of Energy Outreach Colorado’s partner assistance agencies. “I cried and cried when I found out my bill was paid,” she said. “I really have no words to express my thanks to those who helped us. I never would have been able to get back on my feet without this help.”

Other low-income Coloradans who can’t keep up with their home energy bills are at risk when they can’t refrigerate medication and food, get relief from high temperatures, or use electricy-dependent medical devices like oxygen concentrators.

Since October 1, 2016, Energy Outreach Colorado has paid about 12,000 overdue home energy bills this program year through its statewide network of more than 100 assistance organizations.

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