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Your electric or gas company cannot shut off your service if all residents of your household are 65 years or older without written approval from the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). Let your utility company know if all residents of your household are age 65 or older.
In addition, your electric or gas company cannot shut off your service if you have a financial hardship and:
If you have a financial hardship, inform your utility company immediately. A financial hardship exists when you are unable to pay an overdue bill and you meet income eligibility requirements for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). You may be eligible for assistance if your household income does not exceed 60% of the state median income. Contact the Department of Housing and Community Development for more information.
Alternatively, the DPU may determine that a financial hardship exists.
LIHEAP helps low-income individuals and families with the cost of heating their homes during the winter season. If you are a first-time applicant, you must apply in person at the fuel assistance agency in your area. After that first year, you will receive an application in the mail. Applicants who are denied assistance have the right to appeal through your local fuel assistance agency. For more information, call the state hotline for social service programs by dialing 211 or (800) 632-8175 or you can visit the LIHEAP website.
If you are not eligible for LIHEAP, you may be eligible for help from the Salvation Army's Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which offers one-time grants for eligible consumers. For more information, call (800) 334-3047 or (800) 262-1320 if you live in area code 413. You can also visit the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund website to learn about the program and review the income eligibility guidelines.
You may be eligible for a discount rate from your utility if you are eligible for LIHEAP, or if you receive any means-tested public-benefit program, such as:
Visit the LIHEAP website for more information. You can also contact your gas or electric company to determine if you qualify for a discount rate.
In addition, you can arrange for budget billing, where your gas or electric company estimates your usage for the year, divides the total by 12 months, and you pay the same amount each month. At the end of the year, your company will reconcile your bill with the amount actually used, and you will receive a credit (if you overpaid) or a bill (if you underpaid). Contact your utility company to set up budget billing.
Finally, you can contact your utility company to set up a payment plan, where you will pay overdue charges by paying a monthly amount in addition to your current monthly bill.
To reduce your electric or gas bills, you can look into the following energy conservation options:
For more information on how to save energy and reduce heating bills, you can read 15 Things To Do Now To Winterize Your Home and 6 Ways To Save Energy All Year. For additional energy savings tips, visit the U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Saving Tips website.