Duke Energy Helping Home Fund
As many as 4,000 households across North Carolina could be eligible for an energy makeover. Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund is a $20 million program authorized through an agreement with the N.C. Public Staff and approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases. As part of the agreement, each utility will distribute $10 million through the program. Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund will provide select customers with up to $10,000 in energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to the customer. Customers must meet U.S. Department of Energy criteria as being income-qualified. Funds for the program will come from Duke Energy shareholders and not through customer rates.
“Helping all of our customers saves energy and money is very important to Duke Energy,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy state president – North Carolina. “These funds will provide energy-saving measures at no charge to customers who may not otherwise be able to afford them. Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund will bring real help to our customers, and real benefits for years to come.”
Duke Energy has contracted with the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) to serve as the administrator of the program. Action Pathways Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is here to serve our area and can be reached at (910) 223-0116, option 2.
Measures may include weatherization upgrades, heating and cooling system replacements, appliance replacements, and health and safety upgrades to customers’ homes. An energy assessment of the home will help to determine which measures are most appropriate. Customers will also receive information on their home’s energy use and strategies to save energy.