As Temperatures Rise, So Does Need for Relief from High Energy Bills

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First Choice Power triples donations to customers in need, offers assistance during summer months

We want to provide assistance for our customers to alleviate the effects of higher usage on their energy bills.

First Choice Power has kicked off summer with some additional efforts to help customers pay their bills during the summer heat. The company is extending its deposit waivers for low-income seniors, easing its payment arrangement and deferred payment guidelines, and tripling customers’ donations to its Care to Share bill payment assistance fund.

“Using more electricity is unavoidable for most families during the summer because of increased use of air conditioning systems and the fact that appliances must work harder,” said Brian Hayduk, president of First Choice Power. “We want to provide assistance for our customers to alleviate the effects of higher usage on their energy bills.”

First Choice Power’s relief program includes:

Deposit waivers for customers age 62 and older.

Residential customers may pay their deposit in two equal installments.

Relaxed payment arrangement and deferred payment plan eligibility and guidelines.

Smart meter-based prepaid energy plan that helps customers control costs by allowing them to pay as they go with no deposit or fees.

Local offices in Lewisville, Texas City and Mission, in addition to offering information and plan options, may be used as community relief centers for those who need a place to escape the summer heat.

Reduce Your Use GrantsTM for nonprofits, schools and chambers that provide more than $60,000 for energy-efficient upgrades that save $100,000 in energy usage over the next four years*.

In addition to relief efforts, First Choice Power will triple any donations made to its Care to Share program to help low-income and elderly customers who need help paying bills. For every dollar a residential customer donates to the Care to Share Fund from now until Sept. 1, 2011, First Choice Power will contribute $3.** Customers can make contributions to Care to Share by adding a donation to their monthly bill payment and submitting it along with their check payment. Donations are tax-deductible.

LITE-UP Texas Reminder
Participants in the LITE-UP TEXAS program: The 2011 discount period is May to September. For more information and program requirements, call (866) 454-8387.

For tips on how to save energy throughout your home, visit http://www.FirstChoicePower.com/tips. For information on bill payment assistance programs for all energy providers, dial 211.

*Based on estimates from doe.gov
**Up to 10,000 in total

About First Choice Power
First Choice Power is an energy company committed to identifying what is most important to our customers and putting their needs first. Texas business and residential customers can depend on First Choice Power for competitive pricing and excellent customer service. First Choice Power is committed to giving back to the communities it serves through its Food First ™ hunger initiative, Reduce Your Use Grants™, recycling efforts and supporting employees’ community engagement. Learn more at http://www.FirstChoicePower.com. Keep up to date on the latest energy news and join the conversation by following us on Twitter @firstchoicepwr, Facebook facebook.com/FirstChoicePower or The Current blog, http://www.FirstChoicePower.com/blog.

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Catherine Carlton
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