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Vectren offers $200K in matching funds for weatherization

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Vectren says it will match dollar-for-dollar all public donations to its Share the Warmth Inc. program this winter, up to a total of $200,000.

Share the Warmth, is a nonprofit organization that annually allocates funds to Indiana Community Action Agencies who administer the Indiana's Weatherization Assistance Program.

This weatherization initiative is designed to offer comprehensive long-term energy conservation benefits to single family homeowners that meet the state and federal guidelines for low-income.

"Many low-income families are faced with higher than average energy bills because they often reside in older, inefficient homes with out-dated furnaces and inadequate insulation," said Jeff Whiteside, Vectren's vice president of community sustainability and president of the Vectren Foundation. "If fully utilized, this program could yield an additional $400,000 to weatherize even more households in need."

Tax-deductible donations can be made to Share the Warmth Inc., P.O. Box 931, Evansville, IN 47706-0931.

More information and a contribution form are available at http://www.sharethewarmthinc.com. Indiana electric customers can also donate by signing up for a free Energizing Indiana home energy audit and choosing Share the Warmth to be the recipient of a $25 donation after the energy audit is complete.

Vectren customers paying their bills online, also have the opportunity to round the payment up to the nearest dollar, donating the additional amount to Share the Warmth.

Customers choosing this option will see two separate deductions on their bank statement – one for their utility payment and one for Share the Warmth. By entering a valid e-mail address during the payment process, the customer will receive an e-mail detailing the donation for tax purposes.

Those who qualify for the low-income weatherization program will receive a free, on-site home energy audit to determine areas in need of energy-efficiency upgrades. Energy efficiency experts from the local Community Action Agency will then implement a number of efficiency measures on an as-needed basis, which may include: adding insulation in the walls or attic, sealing ductwork and air leaks and installing high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and/or water heaters.

Customers needing bill payment assistance or who are interested in the weatherization program may find the Community Action Agency nearest them by calling the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority at 1-800-872-0371.

Recipients of program dollars must be at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines for most programs.

Vectren's Share the Warmth Program runs year-round

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