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UGI Helps Customers Apply for Heating Grants

06 Nov 2006

Reading, PA (November 6, 2006) – UGI Utilities, Inc. is helping eligible gas and electric customers apply for federal energy assistance dollars to keep their homes warm this winter. Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grants, which do not need to be repaid, help customers with limited or fixed incomes pay their heating bills, repair or replace a heater and avoid utility service shut off. Last winter over 19,500 UGI customers received money from this fund. The average grant was $230.

Funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis, so UGI urges customers to apply as soon as possible. For more information on federal energy assistance, customers should call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM (1-800-844-9276). UGI will provide information on the application process and assistance completing and submitting the required forms. To qualify for funds a customer must provide proof of income, a recent heating bill, and the name, birth date and Social Security number for each person in his or her household. A table of qualifying income levels is attached.

At any time of the year, UGI customers who have a problem paying their utility bill are encouraged to contact UGI promptly to discuss payment arrangements and receive information on the utility’s own assistance programs. Qualified low-income customers may receive grants from UGI’s Operation Share, reduced bills based on a percentage of income, or free home weatherization services.

UGI Utilities’ headquarters is located in Reading, PA. The utility serves 307,000 natural gas customers in 15 southeastern PA counties and 62,000 electric customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI is available at www.ugi.com.

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Maximum Income Levels for LIHEAP

Household Size      Annual Income      Monthly Income      Weekly Income
1                       $14,700                  $1,225                   $283
2                       $19,800                  $1,650                   $381
3                       $24,900                  $2,075                   $479
4                       $30,000                  $2,500                   $577
5                       $35,100                  $2,925                   $675
6                       $40,200                  $3,350                   $773
7                       $45,300                  $3,775                   $871
8                       $50,400                  $4,200                   $969
Add’l member              +$5,100                  +$425                    +$98
(per person)