VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Oct. 11, 2021 – The approaching heating season can cause some difficulties for low-income 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 eligible for financial assistance about available programs that could help offset winter heating costs.
“We know it’s a difficult time and VNG is committed to helping households meet their energy needs,” said Tiffany Gilstrap, manager of Energy Assistance for Southern Company Gas, parent company of Virginia Natural Gas “There are many assistance programs available, and we encourage our customers to contact their local social services office to benefit from them this winter.”
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. 12, and continues through Friday, Nov. 12.
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. Funds 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 $2,839 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 local departments of social services. 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 any of these programs or help managing energy costs, please visit virginianaturalgas.com/energyassistance.
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 clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service to more than 300,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southeast Virginia. Consistently ranked in the top quartile for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the company also has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association for its safety, innovation, environmental stewardship, community outreach and educational programs, and has been named Local Distribution Company of the Year five times since 2015. The company has been ranked by its business customers as one of the most Trusted Business Partners in the utility industry according to Cogent Reports, and as one of the Top Workplaces in Hampton Roads by Inside Business. For more information, visit virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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 4.3 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 666,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southerncompanygas.com.
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