Deadline Extended For Help with Winter Heating Bills

PSE&G urges all eligible customers to apply by June 30

Apr 28, 2014, 10:50 ET from Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)

NEWARK, N.J., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PSE&G is alerting its customers that there is still time to apply for help paying winter heating bills.

The deadline to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended until Monday, June 30. The program helps pay heating costs and, in some circumstances, medically necessary cooling expenses. The application period for the program was set to expire at the end of the April.

"LIHEAP provides vital assistance to low-income households struggling to pay their energy bills," said Joseph A. Forline, PSE&G's vice president for customer solutions. "After the brutally cold winter we've had, we want to make sure all those families who are eligible take advantage of this important program."

PSE&G customers who meet the guidelines for LIHEAP typically receive about $300 toward their PSE&G bill. Eligibility is based on household size and the last month of household gross income. Renters may qualify, even if the heat is included in their rent. The chart below provides income eligibility information.


Income Limits for LIHEAP

                                       Monthly Gross

Household Size                       Income

         1                                       $1,915

         2                                       $2,585

         3                                       $3,255

         4                                       $3,925

         5                                       $4,595

         6                                       $5,265

                                     Monthly Gross

Household Size                       Income

         7                                       $5,935

         8                                       $6,605

         9                                       $7,275

       10                                       $7,478

       11                                       $7,634

       12                                       $7,789

            To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12,

add $156 for each additional member.


PSE&G heating customers that already have received LIHEAP this winter season and are behind with winter heating bills may be eligible for additional assistance through the LIHEAP emergency assistance program. To learn more about LIHEAP and to find out where to apply, visit  or call 1-800-510-3102. LIHEAP applications are also available at all PSE&G's 16 walk-in Customer Service Centers listed on customers' bills.

Customers who apply for LIHEAP are automatically screened for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities' Universal Service Fund (USF). This program can lower the amount you have to pay for your gas and electric bills. USF applications are accepted all year.

PSE&G households that are not eligible for low income programs and are behind in their PSE&G bill should visit to learn about other moderate income programs, including the TRUE grant, PAGE program and NJ SHARES. Seniors and disabled adults collecting Social Security Disability may be eligible for the New Jersey Lifeline Credit program. These programs accept application all year.

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population.  PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.  PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy company (

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