Virginians needing help cooling their homes can apply to Dominion Virginia Power’s EnergyShare program starting Friday.
Dominion said it is providing $1 million this summer to help people in financial need pay part of their cooling costs. The money brings the company’s total contribution to its EnergyShare program this year to $2.5 million.
Applications are being accepted June 1 through Sept. 28 to participate in the year-round cooling and heating assistance program.
An eligible individual can receive a one-time payment of up to $300 to help meet cooling costs. Local health and human services agencies administer the program. For information, contact Dominion’s Customer Service Center at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or visit http://www.dom.com, search: EnergyShare.
To qualify for EnergyShare cooling assistance, an individual must have received a disconnection notice (not required for those age 60 or older) and meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Have exhausted all other sources of cooling assistance, or
• Have a personal or family crisis, or
• Be income-eligible.
Last year, EnergyShare helped nearly 5,000 families pay part of their summer energy costs.
Additionally, the Fan Care program is being offered again this year to help Virginia seniors with cooling their homes. Dominion is partnering with the Virginia Department for the Aging to provide free fans to qualifying seniors who live in the company’s service area. Under a $50,000 grant from Dominion, local area agencies on aging screen applicants and distribute fans.
Eligible individuals can receive one fan per cooling season. The program runs through Sept 28 or as long as funds are available. For information on Fan Care, contact the Virginia Department for the Aging at 1-800-552-3402.
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