DALLAS, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise, keeping energy costs under control is a top priority with consumers. However, for many low-income customers, even the most modest energy-efficiency improvements are beyond their means. Help is available for qualified consumers through a state-mandated program administered by TXU Electric Delivery that provides energy-efficiency improvements at little or no cost. An estimated $4 million in funds will be collected from retail electric providers to assist low-income customers with free or low-cost weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements. "Many low-income customers cannot afford to install even the simplest energy-efficiency improvements to their homes," said Mike Stockard, energy efficiency program manager, TXU Electric Delivery. "We want them to know there is help available through the Low-Income Weatherization Program administered by TXU Electric Delivery. Anyone who feels they meet the qualifications outlined by the program should contact a participating contractor." Since 2002, TXU Electric Delivery has retrofitted 65,000 houses through the program, offering assistance to customers that meet the income requirements through the installation of energy-efficient upgrades. This year about $4 million is through participating contractors to reduce energy consumption and ultimately lower energy bills. The Low-Income Weatherization Standard Offer Program is one of several programs established through the Texas Electric Choice Act to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies and increased energy savings for all customers. The following types of weatherization projects are eligible for assistance under the program: * Installing additional insulation to assist with cooling and heating demands and increase a home's comfort level. * Properly sealing air conditioning ducts to maximize the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. * Caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows to reduce the amount of air escaping or penetrating a home. * Replacing regular lighting with compact fluorescent lamps. * Installing water-saving devices to reduce the amount of energy used by a home water heater. * Completing certain other energy-efficiency installations. Contractors interested in the program should review the appropriate requirements and procedures to participate in the 2006 Low-Income Weatherization Program Manual, available at http://www.txuelectricdelivery.com/electricity/teem/hardsop . For additional Low-Income Weatherization program information, residents can call TXU Electric Delivery at 1-866-728-3674 or visit http://www.txuelectricdelivery.com/efficiency . TXU Electric Delivery, a subsidiary of TXU Corp. (NYSE: TXU), operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, providing power to three million electric delivery points over more than 100,000 miles of distribution and 14,000 miles of transmission lines. Visit www.txucorp.com for more information about TXU Corp.
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