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Energy Program Helps Low Income Residents In The Carolinas

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There may be help for you, if you're stuck with an expensive power bill during this snap of cold weather. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program is available in counties throughout North and South Carolina. Contact your county Department of Social Services for details on qualifications and how to apply. The following is a list of DSS offices throughout the two states.

Belita Maxwell of Concord is working to keep her heating bill as low as possible.

"I turn my heat back and things like that to keep the bills from being so high," she said. Maxwell is on a fixed income and can't afford to have a hefty utility payment. "My house is paid for. If it wasn't paid for, I could never make it."

When the cold creeps in outside, Maxwell has had to make tough choices.

"Sometimes I won't even go buy a dollar hamburger or something so that I can have that little bit of extra on the side, so that if I need it, it's there."

She can also count on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program to help pay her bill and keep her power on.

You can qualify for the assistance once a year based on your income, along with some other guidelines. Cabarrus County received $741,639 to operate the Low Income Energy Assistance Program this year. The county tells My Fox Carolinas there is a lot of money left for the program, including enough to help as many as 3,000 more families this year.

"As long as the money is available, we really want to let as many people know about it as possible. Share the information with your friends and neighbors, and let them know that they can get help if it's needed," said Kasia Thompson, spokesperson for Cabarrus County government.

Maxwell says it would've been difficult to pay for all the basics without getting her heating bill covered.

"The good Lord has helped me too," Maxwell said. "Every time something happens, there's always been help come in from somewhere."

There are other programs available to give you assistance with your heating bill. Duke Energy has a program called Share The Warmth in North and South Carolina. Click here to find out more.

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