Posted: Jun 26, 2013 10:03 AM by MELISSA CANONE
The federal government has released $2.4 million in funds to help low-income Louisianans pay their utility bills.
The money is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides home heating and cooling aid to qualified families.
The funds were held back as part of the government's sequestration efforts, but are now available to help struggling customers. In Louisiana, that amounts to $2.4 million in newly-available LIHEAP dollars.
To apply for LIHEAP aid, contact your local community action agency. Agency contact information is available at http://entergy-louisiana.com/your_home/help.aspx. Entergy provides all customers a variety of payment and money-saving options at entergysavings.com/.
"Every day, low-income customers living in the regions Entergy serves struggle to make ends meet in states with some of the highest poverty rates in the nation," said Liz Duhon, customer service manager. "With summer heat come increased utility bills. This adds additional strain on low-income budgets. Entergy is working to ensure customers are aware that assistance is available through LIHEAP funding."
LIHEAP assists qualified families with home energy needs such as heating in the winter, cooling in the summer and insulating homes for energy efficiency. LIHEAP allows families to prevent electrical service interruptions and make weather-related improvements to their homes to maximize the effectiveness of the electricity needed to stay safe and comfortable.