Energy efficiency helps rural households afford energy bills

In rural South Carolina, Maxine Stroman struggled to pay her energy bills. Her husband had recently died, leaving her the sole source of income for their two young children. “I had to make some choices on whether to pay my high energy bill or cut back on my grocery bill or cut back on other day-to-day necessities,” she said.

Her fortune changed after her home was weatherized through the Aiken Electric Cooperative’s Help My House on-bill program, which slashed her monthly electric bill from about $400 to $230 and improved her indoor air quality. “I can now actually afford to pay my bill,” said Stroman, a resident of Aiken, a town on the state’s western tip. “[The program] really did change my life.”

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