VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Oct. 7, 2022 – Now is the time to start preparing for cooler weather which can result in higher heating costs as the thermostats go up and natural gas usage increases to keep homes warm and comfortable. The approaching heating season can cause difficulties for some households due to increased demand for more energy to stay warm and the associated higher energy bills.
Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) wants to help customers better prepare for this year’s heating season by reminding those who may be income-eligible that there are available financial assistance programs that could help offset their winter heating costs.
Customers may be eligible to receive state and federal assistance to help pay energy bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). General enrollment for LIHEAP begins Tuesday, Oct. 11, and continues through Friday, Nov. 11.
The federal- and state-funded energy assistance program helps income-eligible families, including senior citizens and persons with disabilities, meet their energy needs during the winter heating season. All benefits are based on the availability of funds and are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those meeting certain eligibility requirements. For example, the monthly gross income of eligible households may not exceed $3,469 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, by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 855.635.4370, and the local department of social services office.
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 and resources available to Virginia Natural Gas customers include:
Every family deserves reliable energy at a price they can afford. For more information about these programs or how to help manage energy costs, please visit virginianaturalgas.com/energyassistance.
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