Direct Energy Helps Seniors in Need Stay Cool for Summer

50 portable A/C units to be delivered, installed at no cost to combat intense summer heat

Houston, TX — May 18, 2017 - As Houston's intense summer heat is rounding the corner, Direct Energy and One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating today announced a donation of 50 portable air conditioning units to help elderly residents stay cool. Installations have already begun and will continue until all 50 units are donated and installed.

"As local experts in cooling and heating, we know firsthand how brutal the summer months can be here in Houston. We want to make a difference in people's lives through giving back, and helping our most vulnerable seniors every year though this donation is a great way to do so," said Aaron Childress, general manager, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating.

For the fifth year in a row, Direct Energy partnered with Neighborhood Centers Inc. to help meet this need. Through Neighborhood Centers Inc. seniors were identified who are currently on a fixed income and either cannot pay to have their air conditioning units repaired or replaced, or who simply do not have enough units to cool the most-used rooms in their homes.

"We are committed to the health and wellbeing of older adults so they may live safe and independent lives. Direct Energy's donation allows our seniors to live in a comfortable and safe environment in their own homes," said Frida Villalobos, Communication Director, BakerRipley.

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About BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers

BakerRipley, formerly Neighborhood Centers, brings resources, education and connection to nearly 600,000 people throughout Texas each year. For more than a century, BakerRipley has offered innovative solutions to help low-income families in emerging neighborhoods get a foothold in the region's economy. The organization works with residents in more than 70 service locations to help them discover the strengths and skills necessary to become productive, prosperous and self-sufficient. Building on the strengths of individuals and communities, BakerRipley is transforming them. FOR GOOD. BakerRipley is a United Way Agency. For more information, visit www.BakerRipley.org

About One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating®

One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® is currently ranked as the #1 HVAC franchise in Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 (January 2017). One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning puts an emphasis on trust, customer service and courtesy. Franchised One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning locations are independently owned and operated businesses. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. ©2017 Clockwork IP, LLC

About Direct Energy:

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with nearly five million residential and commercial customers. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 4 provinces in Canada. © 2017 Clockwork IP, LLC.

For further information, please contact:
Jessica Michan
Direct Energy
(713) 904-7488

Frida Villalobos
BakerRipley
(281)451-4781

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