PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Duke Energy has more than $460,000 dedicated to its Indiana customers in need this winter season. The funds include corporate contributions as well as customer donations for those struggling to pay their electric bills.
“Programs like this have never been more important than now,” Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar said. “Cold weather has arrived, and many of our customers are still struggling with the economic hardships of this pandemic. In 2020, we have dedicated more than $600,000 in energy bill assistance, which includes pandemic bill relief funds distributed earlier this year.”
Duke Energy works with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Energy Assistance Program, which determines eligibility and distributes the company’s assistance funds.
Qualifying Duke Energy customers who may be struggling to pay their electricity bills can receive up to $300. Because of high demand, customers should first check with their local agency to make sure there are still funds available locally.
“The Community Action Agency network is thankful to partner with Duke Energy to support the many Hoosier households facing economic challenges in this difficult year,” Ed Gerardot, executive director of the Indiana Community Action Association, said. “The contributions from Duke Energy and its customers will ease the hardship for many families.”
Winter Energy Saving Tips
- Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.
- One of the easiest things customers can do to support heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a heating system work harder, which uses more energy.
- Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.