VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Oct. 7, 2019 – As the temperatures start to lower, thermostats tend to go up, which can make it difficult for some household budgets to keep up with the demands of using more energy. Virginia Natural Gas wants to help its customers better prepare for this year’s heating season by reminding those who may be eligible for financial assistance about programs available that could help offset winter heating costs.
General enrollment for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins Tuesday, Oct. 8, and continues through Friday, Nov. 8. The federal- and state-funded energy assistance program helps low- and fixed-income families, including senior citizens and persons with disabilities, meet their energy needs during the winter heating season. The monthly gross income of eligible households may not exceed $2,789, or about $33,475 annually for a family of four.
In Virginia, LIHEAP is administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Applications can be submitted online at commonhelp.virginia.gov/access or at local departments of social services, from the second Tuesday in October through the second Friday in November. For more information or to locate a local department of social services, call 211 Virginia (dial 2-1-1) or 804.726.7000.
Other energy assistance programs available to Virginia Natural Gas customers include:
Every family deserves reliable energy at a price they can afford. For more information about each of these programs or help managing energy costs, please visit virginianaturalgas.com/residential/energy-assistance.
About Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Natural Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides natural gas service to nearly 300,000 customers in southeast Virginia. Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized as one of the safest, most reliable and customer-focused natural gas service providers and is consistently ranked in the top quartile for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates. In 2018, Virginia Natural Gas was named Local Distribution Company of the Year by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association for the third consecutive year. For more information, visit virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states and approximately 700,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southerncompanygas.com.
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