Families Coping: Don't be too proud to ask for help

By Chrys Peterson - bio | email

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Shaun Purley, a single mom, says people have been extremely generous. But Shaun's also very resourceful. She takes advantage of every program she can, like the Electric Partnership Program.

Shaun Purley is used to fending for herself. With limited income, when things break, like her vacuum cleaner. She has to fix them herself, or do without. She has also become very resourceful when looking for help.

"There are programs and you do have to do the legwork, and they are going to ask you every question in the book, but swallow the big nasty pill and get the help."

Jim, a contractor with the Electric Partnership Program, is here to help Shaun money. He  checks all the light fixtures and figures out she can save money simply by replacing her regular light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

"By swapping out those bulbs should save you 143 dollars per year on your bill," says Jim Lewis.

He finds her refrigerator is running efficiently, which Shaun expected because it's not that old. But he replaces those 23 light bulbs with 3-year energy efficient bulbs, at no cost to Shaun, which saves her even more money. It's a program Shaun was grateful to find.

"People understand that it is hard right now. Times are tough. My situation isn't worse than anyone else's but if you let someone know and they can help you, they will."

You do have to meet guidelines to qualify for the Electric Partnership Program. If you'd like more information, call 1-800-231-9652.

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