NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With winter weather just around the corner, PSE&G is reminding customers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking applications for the 2014 heating season.
"LIHEAP helps struggling families stay warm in the winter and stretch their budget to cover other necessities," said Joseph A. Forline, PSE&G's vice president for customer solutions. "It's essential that our customers know this assistance is available. Eligibility is based on last month's income, so customers who did not qualify before might now be able to take advantage of this program.'"
PSE&G customers who meet the guidelines for LIHEAP may be eligible to receive an average of $300 toward their utility bill. To receive assistance, they must pay their heating costs directly, pay their landlord according to their usage, or have their heating included in their rent. Homeowners are also eligible and should apply.
Income guidelines also apply. To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant's household gross income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. That means a family of four making $3,925 or less per month may be eligible.
To see if your household meets the state income guidelines and where to apply, visit www.pseg.com/help or call 1-800-510-3102. Applications are available at the PSE&G's 16 walk-in Customer Service Centers listed on your bill. Remember, applications must be submitted by April 30, 2014.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF)
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. 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 www.pseg.com/help for other programs like the TRUE Grant and NJ SHARES. Seniors and disabled adults collecting Social Security Disability may be eligible for the New Jersey Lifeline Credit program.
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 (www.pseg.com).
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SOURCE Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)