KENNEWICK, WA - Senior citizens in Benton County have a chance this week to possibly lower their utility bills.
Benton PUD will hold its annual Senior Day in Kennewick and Prosser on Wednesday. It's a chance for low-income seniors and disabled residents can learn about the PUD's discount program, see if they qualify, and possibly enroll.
Directors at the PUD say about 1000 people are currently enrolled in the program, so Senior Day aims to education the many more who don't realize they're eligible.
"It's a really nice opportunity to come down visit with us," said Karen Miller, Director of Communications for Benton PUD. "We've got cookies, coffee, information, and we just take out time to talk about the different issues and questions they might have that are related to their utility bill."
Senior Day goes from 9 AM to 1 PM on Wednesday, October 23rd, at the Benton PUD Auditoriums in Kennewick and Prosser.
The event in Kennewick will also include presentations about electrical safety and how to save energy. "Home Energy Tips with Kevin" begins at 9:30, "Home Safety with Steve" begins at 10:30.
The low-income senior and low-income disabled discounts are 15% or 20% based on household annual income of 200% or less of the Federally Established Poverty Guidelines.
The low-income senior discount qualifications are based annual household income and age (62+). The low income disabled discount qualifications are based on annual household income and a qualifying disability of the customer or member of the household.
Income verification is required for both discounts and is completed by the Community Action Connections.
Community Action Connections plans to be on hand Wednesday to see if customers qualify for the discounts.