The Energy Resource Center
No one should ever have to make the choice between turning up the heat and putting food on the table. The Energy Resource Center is a non-profit organization that helps income-qualified families maintain a safe and healthy quality of life by making critical energy efficiency improvements to their homes. These energy improvements help families save money they can put towards medicine, food, and other vital living expenses.
A survey of low-income households revealed these adverse responses to high energy bills[source : National Energy Assistance Directors Association]
Went without food for at least one day
Went without medical or dental care
Didn't fill prescription or took reduced dose
They showed me what was wrong with the old furnace. There was a good chance it would leak carbon monoxide, and we wouldn’t even know it. I figure I would have spent around $7,500 I can use for other things. I have three kids here that I raise by myself, and they cost a lot.Scott Ribbons
I’ve lived here so long, everything in it was old. In cold months I had to just shut off the back room because the air was seeping out the door. Every organization I called said they couldn’t do anything for me. But ERC came. I’d still be cold in the house otherwise.Gloria Losasso