With July’s temperatures on the rise, many Oklahomans face an increased need for financial assistance to help pay their home energy bills. The current Coronavirus pandemic has also compounded the need for assistance. That’s what makes this year’s Home Energy Aid Month so important.
Home Energy Aid Month (HEAM) is an annual effort between PSO, The Salvation Army, City of Tulsa and other local utilities to help raise awareness and support for area residents who need temporary assistance to pay their home heating or cooling bill. Families and individuals who qualify for Home Energy Aid receive assistance through the Salvation Army to help pay their utility bills.
Typically, events such as ice cream socials and activities at the ballpark are part of the HEAM fundraising effort. However, due to concerns related to the pandemic, this year’s promotions are taking place online only.
“PSO is proud to be a partner in the promotion of Home Energy Aid Month,” said Tiffini Jackson, PSO vice president of External Affairs. “Home Energy Aid Month is a time to help the thousands of Oklahomans facing short-term financial hardships for reasons outside of their control pay for the household energy they need to stay safe in their home. It is especially critical this year as more and more of our neighbors are experiencing financial emergencies brought on by the pandemic.”
PSO customers may donate by checking a box on their bill stub or through online payment. Every penny donated goes to those in need with all administration costs being shouldered by PSO and other local utilities. Donations also may be made directly to The Salvation Army at www.salarmytulsa.org. All donations are tax deductible.
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 557,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO owns approximately 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity fueled primarily by natural gas. It also maintains and operates 22,000 miles of distribution lines and 3,700 miles of transmission lines. PSO is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. News releases and other information is at www.PSOklahoma.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PSOklahoma.