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.
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.