There is a good news for Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills.
Operation Fuel and its statewide network of fuel banks began taking energy assistance applications Monday for those in danger of having their utility services terminated.
Energy-affordability is a real problem for many Connecticut residents. More than 313,000 households struggle to pay their electricity and gas bills year-round. Operation Fuel said it’s their mission to help those that are struggling with bills.
"Operation Fuel wants to ensure that the most vulnerable households are able to keep their utility services on,” Operation Fuel’s Executive Director Karen Adamson said in a statement on Monday. “Lack of electricity can be very unhealthy during hot weather, especially for young children, the elderly and those with health issues. Living without electricity also means not having lights, hot water and the ability to refrigerate and cook food."
Currently, Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only non-profit energy assistance program providing year-round emergency energy assistance. They provided over $3.14 million in energy assistance to more than 7,650 Connecticut households this past fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Those in need of energy assistance should call 211.
For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, click here. Donations also can be mailed to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT. 06106.
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