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WESTBROOK, Maine — With the summer coming to end, credit unions in the northeast are helping members prepare for high winter heating costs by offering energy loan and savings programs.

The County Federal Credit Union located in Caribou, Maine, started perfecting its energy loan program last year. The credit union serves 13,000 members in Aroostook County and started offering a fuel assistance loan last year as soon as the energy crisis began. The loan was an unsecured personal loan for up to $1,000 at a 1% rate for a 12-month term.

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