Z PSE&G program helps NJ customers pay heating/electric bills

PSE&G program helps NJ customers pay heating/electric bills
By Barbara Perone
There’s already a chill in the air. Winter is upon us.
So, what do you do if you live in New Jersey, are unemployed, or underemployed, money is
tight and you’re struggling to pay to heat you home or apartment? If you are a Public Service
Electric & Gas (PSE&G) customer, you may be eligible for a variety of financial assistance
programs available through the utility company.
In addition to their assistance programs, PSE&G also refers eligible customers to similar federal
and state assistance programs, such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) and New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (NJ
SHARES).
LIHEAP cash grants
Many low-income PSE&G 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.
LIHEAP offers emergency assistance to approved customers of up-to a $450 credit on their
monthly PSE&G bills. To receive help, customers must have already received a shut off notice
and must have the LIHEAP payment posted on their PSE&G 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 PSE&G 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), which administers TRUE cash grant assistance to low/middle income New Jerseyans
struggling to pay their PSE&G electric and gas bills. The maximum TRUE grant is $750 for gas
and $750 for electric service.