FOLSOM, N.J. - Nov. 7, 2018 – With winter on the horizon, South Jersey Gas encourages customers to prepare for the colder months ahead. For some families, keeping warm is not as simple as adjusting the thermostat. Many face competing financial priorities and end up having to choose between utilities, food and other necessities.
“We understand the importance of having access to safe, reliable, affordable natural gas," said Craig Jennings, president, South Jersey Gas. “That’s why we established our Financial Assistance Outreach team, dedicated to building awareness of financial assistance programs and connecting customers to valuable resources to manage winter heating costs.”
South Jersey Gas wants to help customers better prepare for winter heating season by advising them of the following programs and services that can provide peace of mind when managing winter heating bills.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides income-qualified customers with grants to offset their winter heating bills. Eligibility factors include household size, income level and geographic location. Program recipients can combine this offer with other utility financial assistance programs. LIHEAP's application season runs from Oct. 1 through Aug. 31, 2019. For more information including eligibility requirements and an application, call 2.1.1 or the LIHEAP Hotline at 800.510.3102.
Universal Service Fund (USF) awards eligible participants up to $1,800 each year in monthly credits split between a customer’s electric and gas bill. Applications are available year-round. For more information dial 2.1.1. or 866.240.1347.
The Payment Assistance for Gas & Electric Program (PAGE) provides a one-time grant up to $750 to low-to-moderate-income households experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Eligible customers may receive a subsidy on both their gas and electric accounts up to $1,500 per year. This program is for customers not eligible for other programs (e.g. LIHEAP or USF) during a given enrollment period. Visit NJPoweron.org for additional information and an application.
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Lifeline offers a $225 grant to seniors or adults receiving Social Security Disability benefits. The benefit can be applied equally to natural gas and electric utilities. For more information dial 800.792.9745.
NJ SHARES provides financial relief to income-eligible households, not eligible for other types of assistance, in paying their energy, telephone and water bills. For more information dial 866.657.4273. Customers can also donate to support their neighbors in need through NJ SHARES at NJShares.org.
In addition to state and federal financial resources, South Jersey Gas provides customers with tools to help manage heating costs and energy savings.
South Jersey Gas Budget Billing offers a convenient way for customers to pay a consistent amount every month for a 12-month period, based on historic usage, making household budgeting easier. Customers can enroll by calling the Customer Contact Center at 888.766.9900 or by visiting, southjerseygas.com.
South Jersey Gas Smart Energy Partners Program offers affordable energy efficiency improvements, rebates, 0% financing and tips to help customers save money while reducing their carbon footprint.
For information on financial tools and resources visit, southjerseygas.com.
About South Jersey Gas
South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 385,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. For more information, visit southjerseygas.com.
SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas service to approximately 681,000 customers in New Jersey and Maryland through its three regulated natural gas utilities - South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas. SJI’s non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; acquiring and marketing natural gas and electricity for retail customers; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company’s interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.