So, what do you do if you live in New Jersey, money is tight and you’re struggling to pay to heat your home or apartment? You may be eligible for a variety of financial assistance programs available through the utility company.
In addition to their assistance programs, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) also refers eligible customers to similar federal and state assistance programs.
However, they include the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (NJ SHARES).
Financial Assistance Programs To Help Pay PSEG Bill
LIHEAP cash grants
Many low-income PSEG customers who are: seniors, have families with children, or have disabilities can receive cash grants from LIHEAP to pay their monthly utility bills, even if their monthly rent already includes utility costs.
Also, LIHEAP offers emergency assistance to approved customers of up-to a $450 credit on their monthly PSEG bills. To receive help, customers must have already received a shut off notice and must have the LIHEAP payment posted on their PSEG heating (electric or gas) account.
The New Jersey Universal Service Fund (USF) Heating Assistance Program
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) created the USF to help make energy bills more affordable for low-income PSEG customers.
Once you apply, and are eligible for the program, you can significantly lower the amount you pay for your monthly electric and gas bills. To apply, call 1.800.510.3102.
The NJ Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses Grant (TRUE) Program
The state BPU also provides substantial funding to the non-profit Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA). They administers TRUE cash grant assistance to low/middle income New Jerseyans struggling to pay their PSEG bill.
Also the maximum TRUE grant is $750 for gas and $750 for electric service.
The NJ SHARES Energy Assistance Program
NJ SHARES is a last resort, energy bill, assistance program available to help struggling, low income PSE&G customers.
However, if you are a New Jersey PSEG customer facing a hardship and you need temporary help paying your energy bills you may be eligible for financial assistance through this the statewide, year-round program.
Hence, this grant pays a maximum $300 payment on a customer’s account for electric bills and a $700 payment for heating bills. Residents who use electric heat may receive up-to $700 on their account.
The New Jersey Lifeline Credit Program
State PSEG customers can receive up to a $225 yearly credit on their electric or gas bills through the NJ Lifeline Credit Program.
Even more, to qualify, customers have to be New Jersey residents, and 65 years old, or older. And (or) they have to be state residents who are 18 years old and receiving Social Security Title II Disability benefits.
1. Why did PSE&G redesign its bill?
The last major redesign of PSEG’s bill occurred over 15 years ago. Using customer feedback, we wanted to update the bill with a modern look and feel, and provide useful information that is easier to find and understand.
2. Will a customer’s account information change as part of the bill redesign?
No, customer account information will not change. Your account number and meter number(s) will remain the same. Beginning in April 2018, the new bill format will replace the old bill format.
A lower bill could make it easier for you to make a payment and not get behind. In addition, taking steps to lower your energy bill is a great choice for you and your family.
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