FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Duke Energy Indiana is offering more than $425,000 in financial assistance for low-income families and Hoosiers who may struggle to pay their electric bills through the Share the Light Fund.

“The assistance we offer through the Share the Light Fund will help community members who may struggle to pay their electric bills as the temperatures dip,” Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana said.  “Customers with past-due utility bills or in need of ongoing assistance can take advantage of these funds to get the help they need.”

Those who qualify can get up to $300 in account credit annually. Duke Energy has helped to support over 2,500 households across the state with more than $300,000 in energy bill assistance. 

The eligibility for the Share the Light Fund is based on income, availability of resources, and family size. Those interested should contact their local community action agency to find out their eligibility.

“As the weather gets colder, the cost of heating a home and keeping the lights on can become a significant burden for families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Ed Gerardot, executive director of the Indiana Community Action Agency. “These funds can provide much-needed relief for our neighbors in need, helping ensure they can stay warm through the winter.”

There are several other tools and resources that are offered to customers through Duke Energy to help customers manage their energy use and save money. To learn more about these programs, visit Duke Energy’s managing higher bills seasonal bills webpage.