'LITE-UP Texas' program helps community with summer utility bills

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:31pm

When the temperatures start increasing and the air conditioning is turned up, energy bills sky rocket. Fortunately, the "LITE-UP Texas" program is here to help.

TXU Energy has partnered with PATH to provide an 82 percent discount on energy bills to qualifying families. KETK spoke with the Executive Director for PATH, Greg Grubb, who said, "LITE-UP Texas is a program actually of the state, the Public Utility Commission of the state, to help low income people with their energy bills".

During the four months of summer from May through August, the average Texas family spends $400 a month to keep lights and air conditioning on. Kim Campbell from TXU Energy, said, "We do not want our customers to have to make the choice between food, medication, paying rent, or paying utility bills". So last year in Smith County alone, this program helped more than 500 families.

Many people are automatically enrolled, like those who are currently signed up for Medicaid or SNAP. However for those who are not, you can apply by filling out this form: https://www.liteuptexas.org/NewForm/ . Those who qualify will have a total household income that is less than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

There are many other programs through PATH and TXU Energy that help Texans. Campbell said, "We're just very invested in the community. We want to make sure our customers have resources available to help them with bill payment assistance".  

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