Duke Energy’s $20 million in energy aid now available

Duke Energy’s $20 million fund to help low-income customers improve their homes’ energy efficiency, announced in October, is now available.

The Helping Home Fund will be available to customers who make up to twice the federal poverty level, or $47,700 for a family of four. As many as 4,000 households may be eligible, according to Duke.

Customers in North Carolina may qualify for up to $10,000 each in energy upgrades. Depending on the results of energy assessments, the upgrades include weatherproofing upgrades, heating and cooling system replacements and new appliances.

The fund is administered by the North Carolina Community Action Association and operates through 21 local agencies.

Both of Duke’s two Carolinas utilities will pay $10 million into the fund.

Details are at www.duke-energy.com/helpinghomefund. Duke also has programs that provide free weatherproofing upgrades.