$1 Million in Additional Energy Assistance Available for Sizzling Summer Bills

Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 ET from Energy Outreach Colorado

DENVER, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Coloradans weather the last sizzling weeks of summer, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is making available an additional $1 million to emergency assistance sites across the state to help struggling families keep up with energy bills so as to remain safe in their homes.

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"Hot summer temperatures can be life-threatening for seniors, families with young children and people with special needs who may not be able to keep up with their energy bills or escape the heat by going to an air-conditioned shopping mall or swimming pool," said Skip Arnold, executive director for Energy Outreach, a statewide non-profit that raises money for low-income energy assistance.

"It is also helpful for concerned citizens to check on elderly relatives, friends, neighbors, or others who may have difficulty escaping the heat," he added.

EOC distributed the additional funding this month to 129 assistance organizations to ensure they have adequate energy assistance funds to last until the next funding year begins in October.  In total, Energy Outreach plans to distribute nearly $10 million in energy assistance this year, as well additional grants to increase the energy efficiency of affordable housing and nonprofit facilities.

To support Energy Outreach Colorado's mission of helping all Coloradans afford home energy, or to apply for assistance, call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or go to www.EnergyOutreach.org

About Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado is the only independent, non-profit organization in the state that raises money to help limited income Coloradans afford home energy.  Since 1989, EOC has raised more than $165 million to fund energy bill payment assistance, energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, and energy education.  Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants.  It has received top ratings from Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years and is an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau.  Energy Outreach Colorado, www.EnergyOutreach.org, can be reached at 303-825-8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste. 200, Denver, CO  80203-1612.

SOURCE Energy Outreach Colorado