For Immediate Release
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (August 14, 2018) – The heat of summer is here and with it comes the likeliness of increased energy use associated with cooling devices. Atlantic City Electric reminds customers of important energy assistance still available to help customers meet their summer energy needs. Atlantic City Electric customers can take advantage of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program's (LIHEAP) extension until August 31 by submitting applications now to secure grants while money is still available. Up to $1,000 in grant support per customer is available, depending on a household's income, size and type of fuel, with no pay back required.
Customers can apply for LIHEAP through the Department of Community Affairs website, by contacting their local LIHEAP Agency, or by calling 1-800-510-3102.
"We understand our customers may face financial challenges in meeting their energy needs. We offer many programs to help customers manage their energy service, while helping them secure the essential energy assistance they need to help pay their energy bills," said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. "We strongly encourage residents to submit their applications now while funds are still available."
To be eligible for a grant, a customer's annual household income cannot exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. Each state has determined eligibility guidelines based on household size and income. Homeowners, renters, roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible for the program. Customers do not have to be behind on their bills to receive a grant.
New Jersey's maximum monthly household eligibility requirements are as follows:
In addition to LIHEAP, there are many other programs and tips available to help Atlantic City Electric customers save money and manage their energy service. Customers can also Get more detailed information about your energy usage so you can make more informed choices about how you use energysign up for
My Account which contains tools and detailed energy usage information. Atlantic City Electric will work with customers who may have difficulty managing energy bills. The company offers payment options, like budget billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly electricity costs, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans.
Customers can visit atlanticcityelectric.com/waystosave to learn more about My Account, available energy assistance programs, and other ways to save money and energy. Customers having trouble managing their bills should contact Atlantic City Electric immediately at 1-800-642-3780.
Eligible customers also can receive financial assistance through Helping Hands, a program, funded by Atlantic City Electric, providing $1 million annually to help struggling customers meet their energy needs. These funds are dispersed each year to low-income residents through the Affordable Housing Alliance, New Jersey SHARES, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden, and the
People for People Foundation.
Earlier this year, Atlantic City Electric supported the New Jersey SHARES Cool Down for Warmth fundraising event to celebrate the organization's 20th Anniversary, but more importantly to raise funds to help individuals and families who needed temporary help in paying their energy bills. The event raised nearly $190,000 to assist New Jersey residents in need. As part of the event, a large "ice house," a structure made completely of ice, was built to raise awareness and highlight the critical importance of having heat during the cold winter months. To view the video, click here.
Atlantic City Electric is committed to helping customers manage their energy bill by continuing to provide tips and information about how to save money and energy and connecting customers with helpful state and federal energy efficiency resources. During the last 12 months, Atlantic City Electric has helped thousands of customers secure more than $33 million in assistance to help support payment of their energy bill.
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Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to approximately 550,000 customers in southern New Jersey.