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Dollar Energy Fund helps pay utilities

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Money can be really tight around the holidays as the price tag on gifts continues to climb.  Add the stress of higher utility bills and the holidays may not be so merry.  Tammy Belcher is a resident of Charleston, WV who has received help with her utility bills thanks to non-profit Dollar Energy Fund.  Belcher explains that once it starts getting cold your utility bills go up and you're trying to get everything you need for the holidays for your kids and it is extremely stressful.

It's the heat that can make your bill go sky high in the winter.  Belcher says, "in the summer my electric bill will run $120, in the winter it will run me $250".  Dollar Energy Fund can help keep the lights on and the heat flowing when you need it most.  Since the organization formed in 2008 they have helped 22,000 low income households avoid utility termination across West Virginia.  Nearly 30% of those households were in the Kanawha Valley.

Belcher says when you get that termination bill, you enter a state of depression because you're worried how to make ends meet.  Then a program like Dollar Energy Fund says they can help and Belcher says it feels like the biggest lift off your shoulders.

Rachel Coffman, Dollar Energy Fund Program Manager for the Appalachian region, says, "so far this year one in four people that have applied for our funding, we have restored their service completely".  You can help by making a donation.  On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Dollar Energy Fund will be holding a Warm-A-Thon fundraiser.  Coffman explains that every dollar raised is matched by their utility partners.

If you are struggling to pay your utility bills and need help, there are a number of ways to apply for the program. For more information, contact Dollar Energy Fund at 304-549-8991.

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The holidays are usually a time of cheer, but there's more to it than that. It takes a lot of energy to illuminate those bright Christmas lights. Plus, with temperatures below freezing this week, it takes a lot of heat to keep your family warm.

The pressure of rising costs of gifts on your wish list combined with sky high utility bills can be a lot to take around the holidays. Unfortunately, many people find themselves choosing between food on the table, heat, electric, or gifts under the tree.

Dollar Energy Fund is coming to the rescue by easing the burden of high utility bills this winter. The organization provides short term funding for families in need to help defray the cost of utilities. You can help simply by making a donation. The utilities will then match dollar for dollar every donation that comes in to the Dollar Energy Fund.