Duke Energy Assistance Programs

By | March 12, 2017

Duke Energy Assistance Programs – Duke Energy’s financial assistance programs help with heating in North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and South Carolina. If you are unable to pay utility bills, you can get emergency assistance.  Every year in the U.S. someone who could not afford to pay for heating freezes to death.

Often it is a senior citizen who was not aware there was help available to them.  This should never happen in a country as wealthy as America, and we want to get the word out to as many people as possible.

Thanks to government agencies, local advocacy groups, non-profits, and church organizations, struggling families and individuals can get help.  We encourage you to contact you Duke Energy as soon as you realize you are unable to pay your bill.  They are willing to work with you, make payment arrangements, or direct you to other assistance programs.


Duke Energy Assistance Programs – Heating

Share the Warmth

The Share the Warmth program helps struggling household pay for heating bills in the Winter months.  It covers customers needing help in the Carolina.

Funding  comes from the generous donations of Duke Energy customers, and then their gift is matched dollar for dollar up to a half million dollars by Duke Energy.

All donations are tax-deductible.  Find heating assistance in your state.  Click on your state to out more about duke energy assistance programs near you.

Share the Warmth Fund
The Duke Energy Foundation
P.O. Box 35469
Charlotte, NC 28254-3429


Duke Energy Installment Plans

When you set up installment payments, they an assessment of your yearly bill and breaks them up into even monthly payments.

The customer knows what to expect each month and gives the household additional time to catch up on past due bills. They can also make special arrangements for elderly and disabled clients who can not do without their utilities.

The Helping Home Fund is a Duke Energy assistance effort.  They help financially qualified households by:

  1. Providing energy assessment of your home
  2. Help to make your home more energy efficient.

The program is overseen by the North Carolina Community Action Association and is available to those who own a home or rent a residence.

Many low-income families spend more for utilities when they are unable to pay for replacing or insulating windows and door or repair or replace furnaces. The energy company will provide help with repairs or replacement of washing machines air conditioners and up to $600 repairs to heating and cooling units.

How to Qualify for Assistance

You are eligible for help if:

  • You live in North Carolina and are a D.E. customer.
  • Your gross family income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

Help for Sick and Elderly Customers Customers who are 65 or older, disabled, or faced with a medical condition can often qualify for financial assistance or grants from Special Needs programs.  Duke Energy will try to assist those customers who have special needs by offering discounts, payment plans, or help with utility bills.


Duke Power has a policy of not disconnecting services to those 65 years old or older, have a serious medical condition, or using life-sustaining medical equipment, such as oxygen or dialysis equipment.  Help is available in the way of, grants and financial assistance are available in the way of payment plans, discounts.

Medical Alert Program

Special attention is made to assist chronically or seriously ill, handicapped or customers on life-support do not lose their services. These clients may have special medical needs and the loss of their utilities could result in loss of life.

If you or a family member are very ill and using life-saving medical equipment, please make the utility company aware of this as soon as possible to get necessary consideration.  Some situations are uncontrollable such as area outages or even disconnection of services. Please make alternative arrangements in case of an emergency.

Find out more here or Call: 800-943-6914 or Duke Energy at: 1-800-777-9898

Moratorium

The moratorium is a policy f compassion that refuses to disconnect customer residential service during a period of time, such as coldest or hottest months of the year. This policy is not enacted across the board, but to those who meet financial qualification set my the NC Utilities Commission and the South Carolina Public Service Commission.

North Carolina Period of Moratorium

The Moratorium period for South Carolina is December 1 through March 31st.

Eligibility Requirement is:

  • Must be handicapped
  • Unable to pay full bill
  • Must be 65 years old or older
  • Unable to pay installments within 6 months

The certification process is overseen by the Energy Crisis Assistance Program. Once approved the Department of Social Services will issue a Certification Utilities Moratorium to the customer. This certificate should be mailed to the energy company. To request a copy of the form, please contact your local Department of Social Services office.

Requirements for South Carolina

A customer needing special consideration must get a doctor to sign a medical certification, which covers a one month period.  For more information call:   800-943-6914.

Third Party Notification

Third party notification is a  duke energy assistance programs that allow the utility company to contact a friend or family member when the client is behind in their bill.  This is particularly helpful when you have elderly, sick at-risk family member.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

This is a federal program provided heating assistance for low-income families. Heat assistance and cooling assistance is available for Kentucky, Ohio, Carolinas and through the U.S.  Once a year a check is sent to approved household to help pay home heating bills.  You can register for help through the Department of Social Services or other community organizations.  Find out more about LIHEAP.

Ohio Gas Residential Low Income Pilot Program

The Ohio Gas Residential Low Income Pilot Program makes lower rates available to low-income gas customers in Ohio.  Each year up to 10,000 eligible people participates in the program.

Qualifications are:

  • You must be a low-usage customer (less than 900 cff a year)
  • Gross family income is at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Can not presently be on another payment assistance plan

People Working Cooperatively
4612 Paddock Road, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: 513.351.7921
Email: [email protected]

 







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