Energy bill relief available for some East Texans

Nacogdoches, Texas (KETK) - Every summer it's hot here in East Texas and if you can't afford to pay your AC bill it can be a nightmare but help is available for some.

The summer heat in Texas is often the subject of many jokes, but for those who can't afford to run their AC it is no laughing matter, for some it can even be dangerous.

"Heat-related illnesses can happen quickly and you don't even realize you've over-extended yourself or you've been effected by the heat," said Karen Swenson, GETCAP Executive Director.

To remedy this the Greater East Texas Community Action Program (GETCAP) is offering to help people with their bills this summer.

Those with low-income can qualify for assistance.

They primarily focus on the elderly or people with certain disabilities as they need the most help.

"You do not have to have a termination notice, don't wait until your services are up for disconnection to apply because right now is the time to apply," said Teresa Land, GETCAP Programs Director.

And applying is simple.

"As of this year a face to face appointment is no longer needed, we do have a website where they can go and apply for assistance," said Land.

And if you do not have access to the internet or just prefer meeting face to face, you can still schedule an appointment.

"A lot of people don't want to ask for help, they're too proud," said Swenson. "They don't want to run their air conditioner, they're afraid to run their air conditioner because they're afraid they can't pay the bill."

Energy bills can get very high in the summer regardless of income, so easing someone's financial burden is huge.

"Some people, they have to choose between their electric, food and medicine," said Land. "So when we know that we made a difference in someone's life, that is joy."

And that is why GETCAP does what they do.

To see if you qualify for assistance this summer please visit their website and print out an application.

If you would prefer to set up a meeting face to face call toll free at 1-800-621-5746.

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