Press Release

Need Help Paying Your Winter Heating Bills?

PSEG Long Island provides financial assistance for customers who qualify

(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Nov. 21, 2019) – As the weather gets colder and the winter heating season is upon us, PSEG Long Island reminds customers that financial assistance programs are available to households that meet certain income guidelines and other eligibility requirements.

Both federally funded and company-supported programs can help eligible customers offset heating and utility costs. PSEG Long Island also offers free tools that any customer can use to assess and reduce energy consumption.

Registration for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is open until March 16, 2020. The federally-funded HEAP assists financially constrained New Yorkers with the cost of heating homes in the winter months. Qualifications for HEAP benefits are based on household income, household size and primary heating source. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, 2020, customers facing heat or heat-related energy emergencies can apply for additional benefits if they qualify.

Another program to help customers who are struggling with heating costs is the United Way’s Project Warmth. United Way of Long Island’s Project Warmth provides a one-time grant for fuel and/or fuel-related electricity hardships that is paid directly to the fuel vendor and/or utility. The application process for Project Warmth opens on Dec.16. Please contact 2-1-1 Long Island by dialing 2-1-1, or 1-888-774-7633, for Project Warmth inquiries.

PSEG Long Island’s financial assistance programs include the Household Assistance Program and the Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (REAP), which are available year-round. The Household Assistance Program provides a credit on electric bills for customers who receive benefits from a federally funded program such as HEAP, Medicaid, SNAP, TA, SSI or SNA. Customers may be eligible to receive a monthly credit of $20 or more on energy bills.

REAP helps customers who meet certain income guidelines lower energy costs by finding household energy-saving opportunities. A REAP technician conducts a free home energy assessment and provides the customer with ways to reduce energy consumption, such as using LED light bulbs. If the customer is eligible, the technician may also replace inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® models, at no cost to the customer.

Additional PSEG Long Island programs that help all customers save money include:

  • Home Energy Analyzer – a do-it-yourself online tool that uses a simulation model to validate how energy is used in the home.
  • My Energy Profile – an online suite of easy-to-use tools that can help a customer understand energy usage and how to conserve it. With this tool, customers can track energy efficiency efforts over time and see comparisons to similar homes in the area.
  • Home Energy Assessment – a free energy efficiency home assessment to all customers, regardless of the heating source.
  • Energy Efficiency Rebates – PSEG Long Island offers rebates on products including LED light bulbs, advanced power strips and major appliances such as refrigerators, dryers and heat pump water heaters.

 

For more information on PSEG Long Island financial assistance programs, visit https://www.psegliny.com/myaccount/customersupport/financialassistance. For more information on HEAP and federal programs, visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-assistance. For more information on energy and money saving programs and tips, visit https://www.psegliny.com/efficiency.

 

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PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.