Reading, PA (November 2, 2009) – 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 Program (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, 49,407 UGI customers (including UGI Gas Service, UGI Electric Service, UGI Penn Natural Gas and UGI Central Penn Gas) received cash grants from LIHEAP. The average grant was $326.
Funds are limited and available on a first come first serve basis, starting November 2, 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 hardship funds, reduced bills based on a percentage of income, or free home weatherization services.
UGI Utilities’ headquarters is located in Reading, PA. The utility serves 564,000 natural gas customers in more than 40 counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and 62,000 electric customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI is available at www.ugi.com.