PSE offers heating aid to low-income customers

February 4, 2010

By Staff

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Puget Sound Energy and the federal government will provide almost $29 million to help needy PSE customers pay heating bills.Through the Home Energy Lifeline Program, PSE will provide almost $15 million, while the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will provide $14 million. President Obama signed a spending bill last month with the federal dollars.

Depending on income and household size, a qualified low-income recipient can receive up to $1,000 from HELP and up to $1,000 in government bill assistance.

In Newcastle, 43 households will receive assistance from PSE. Across these households, PSE will distribute more than $30,000.

Learn more about the aid, and find contact information for the nearest community service agencies, by calling 866-223-5425 toll-free.

During the last heating season, the energy provider and the federal program assisted more than 30,000 PSE customers.

“While we’ve been able to reduce natural gas rates nearly 18 percent this year, saving residential customers nearly $15 on their average monthly bill, we recognize that more families than ever are struggling through these challenging economic times,” Bert Valdman, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Bellevue-based PSE, said in a news release. “Our HELP program and LIHEAP are designed to help keep customers in need warm this winter.”

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