In Camden, an innovative program is helping electric customers get expensive, energy-efficient upgrades, without feeling the pinch on their bill. There's no such thing in this world as a free lunch, but Ouachita Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Camden, may have found the next best thing for its customers: an innovative program that uses the savings from energy-efficient upgrades to customers' homes — including big-ticket items like air conditioner replacement — to offset the cost of those upgrades, with the cooperative financing the cost of improvements through the customer's electric bill. The program is called HELP Pay As You Save; HELP is an acronym for "Home Energy Lending Program." Under the plan,...
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