Duke Energy has launched a $20 million program to do energy-efficiency upgrades for low-income customers, part of an agreement it made to settle rate cases last year.
Up to 4,000 North Carolina households could be eligible for makeovers worth up to $10,000, Duke said.
The work will range from weather-tightening and appliance replacements to heating and cooling system replacements, depending on the results of home assessments.
The Helping Home Fund will get $10 million from both of Duke’s two utilities in the state. The money will come from Duke’s shareholders, not customer rates, the company said.
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To be eligible, customers must have household income no more than twice the federal poverty levels. The poverty line for a family of four is $23,850, so eligible households may have income of up to $47,700.
Duke has contracted with the N.C. Community Action Association to administer the program. The association will work with local agencies and nonprofit groups to distribute money for the energy-efficiency work.
Information will be available to customers through participating agencies in January.
Duke also provides free weather-tightening to low-income customers through its Neighborhood Energy Saver and Residential Neighborhood programs.