For Immediate Release
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Atlantic City Electric realizes that the recession and housing crisis have impacted the incomes of its customers. "Given the economic uncertainties that many of our customers are facing, it is more important than ever for eligible residents to know that financial help is available," said Atlantic City Electric Region President Vince Maione. "Customers who may not have qualified for energy assistance in the past may now be eligible due to a change in financial circumstances such as loss of employment." That's why Atlantic City Electric urges customers to A.C.T. now.
1. Avoid Getting Behind
If customers are experiencing difficulty paying energy bills but are current, they should consider enrolling in the Budget Billing Program, an alternative payment plan that allows customers to pay electric bills in equal monthly installments even though actual electric usage fluctuates from month to month.
2. Call for Help
If customers are behind in paying their energy bills, contact Atlantic City Electric immediately to work out a payment plan. Customers who may not have qualified for help in the past may now be eligible for energy assistance due to a change in financial circumstances such as loss of employment.
3. Take Control
Heat pumps work harder to keep homes warm when the outdoor temperature falls. When the outdoor temperature approaches 32 degrees, the back-up or supplementary heat is automatically activated. Some thermostats have indicator lights so customers will know that the system is using the supplementary heat or "Aux" (auxiliary heat). A programmable heat pump thermostat helps customers save money by allowing customers to program the thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in their homes at various times.
Editor's note: You can get more energy-saving information at Atlantic City Electric's Web site, www.atlanticityelectric.com.
Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.