$1 Energy Fund
The $1 Energy Fund, Inc. was founded in 1983 in Western Pennsylvania by a coalition of concerned community, religious, and business leaders, and has grown to become the fourth largest fuel fund in the country, both in clients served and dollars granted.
Philadelphia Utility Emergency Services Fund
The Philadelphia Utility Emergency Services Fund was created by utility companies, public officials, business leaders, and community organizations in response to increased terminations of gas, electric, and water service, coupled with inadequate LIHEAP benefits.
Contact Information: www.uesfacts.org/client.html
Equitable Gas Hardship Fund
This fund provides supplemental payments for repair/replacement of defective heating equipment or gas lines.
Call 412-395-3160 in Allegheny County
1-800-654-6335 outside Allegheny Co.
National Fuel Gas Neighbor for Neighbor Heat Fund
The fund is supported by customer, employee and shareholder donations that are used for cash grants to prevent disconnection of utility service, pay current or past due energy bills or purchase home heating fuel of any kind.
Contact Information: www.natfuel.com/forhome/PaymentAssistance.htm
PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund
MEAF is an energy assistance program that enables PECO Energy to assist low-income, residential customers in its service territory with bill payment. MEAF is a customer pledge program in which PECO matches customer contributions.
PPL Operation Help
Funds may be used to pay any type of home heating bill (electric, natural gas, oil or coal). Funding comes from PPL, its customers, its employees and retirees. A network of 16 community groups and social service agencies across eastern and central Pennsylvania administers the program, interviews applicants and distributes funds.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-342-5775.
*Please note: PPL Electric Utilities only serves the following counties:
Pennsylvania Power Company Reach Hardship Fund
The fund is supported by employee and customer contributions that are matched with corporate funds. Payments are made directly to energy vendors of low-income customers to help with energy bills. The funds are administered by the Salvation Army.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-720-3600.
PG Energy Inc. Project Reach:
Resources include shareholder, employee and customer contributions and special fund raising projects. Payments are applied to customers' gas bills.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-490-8605.
Adams Electric Cooperative Project Helping Hand
Customer donations help less fortunate co-op members who are unable to pay their electric bills.
Contact Information: Call 1-888-232-6732
Central Electric Cooperative Family Fund Energy Assistance Program
Funds from members, employees and Cooperative matching funds assist member-families with heating bills. The Family Fund will match whatever the member is able to pay, up to $200, during a twelve month period, if certain criteria are met.
Contact Information: www.central.coop/CEC_Payment_Options.asp
Citizen's Electric $1 Energy Fund
Eligible families must apply for all available energy assistance grants before applying to the $1 Energy Fund, and meet the grant program guidelines that include making a sincere effort of payment.
Claverack Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up
Member’s donations help low-income and in-need families in Claverack service territory.
Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative Member to Member
Member donations are matched by the Co-op and the funds will be used to help benefit members who are struggling to pay their electric bill. Contact the Co-op office for names and phone numbers of participating agencies.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-352-0014
REA Energy Cooperative Members Sharing With Members Fund
Member donations provide assistance to cooperative members who may be faced with an unexpected loss of income due to illness, family emergency, or other situation that may limit their ability to pay their electric bills.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-211-5667
Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative Lights On
This program helps low-income families with their electric bills. Lights On is funded by the voluntary contributions of members.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-443-4255
Spring City and Royersford Project Outreach
A one-time-per-year emergency assistance program for Spring City and Royersford residents will provide up to 150 gallons of oil per household to residents. Project Outreach has no set guidelines.
Contact Information: Call 610-948-5111
Customer Assistance Programs
Pennsylvania’s major gas and electric utilities are required to provide Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs). CAPs generally provide a percentage of a bill plan or a percentage of an income payment plan, so that low-income customers’ utility payments are based upon their incomes and/or utility bills. Some programs include utility arrearage forgiveness; others provide flat rate discounts or bill credits.
Contact Information: Contact your local utility company.
Allegheny Power Assistance
This program works with low-income customers to waive late payment charges.
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Emergency Repair Fund
This program is designed to address emergency situations that involve unsafe service conditions for residential heat customers with low incomes, who own and are living in their home.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-537-7431
Dominion Peoples Assistance
This program waives late fees for overdue bills.
Contact Information: www.dom.com/customer/pares_eaprograms.jsp
Duquesne Light Stay Warm Programs
Stay Warm programs are designed to extend the safety net during the cold weather months (Dec. 1 through March 31) by helping disconnected, low-income customers have their service reconnected. Program also provides other working low-income customers credits of up to $150 to offset arrearages on their accounts (other than their current month's bill).
Equitable Gas of Pennsylvania Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
This affordable monthly payment program permits qualified customers to pay a portion of their household income for gas service. Equitable also provides information on conservation techniques.
Contact Information: www.energypa.org/consumer/index.html
National Fuel Gas Low Income Residential Assistance Program (LIRAP)
This program offers reduced billing based on a percentage of the household's income and arrearage forgiveness.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-365-3234
National Fuel Gas Elderly, Blind or Disabled Payment Troubled Residential Assistance
This program is designed to assist payment-troubled customers who are at least 62 years of age, blind or disabled. Program features include a lower monthly gas rate, debt forgiveness, emergency heating equipment repair or replacement, and conservation measures depending upon individual circumstances.
Contact Information: www.natfuel.com/forhome/special_services.htm
PG Energy Partners Program
This program establishes affordable payments for low-income customers based on percentage of income, and arrearage forgiveness.
Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) OnTrack Program
This program features a special payment plan that offers reduced monthly payments, protection from shutoffs, and debt forgiveness.
Philadelphia Gas Works Customer Responsibility Program
CRP is PGW's customer assistance program that can help low-income customers better afford their PGW bills and maintain their gas service. CRP may provide discounted bills for eligible customers. CRP customers pay a budget amount based on their gross household income. Among other features, this program offers forgiveness of 1/36th of a participant’s pre-program arrears each month, if applicable, if the participant keeps his or her payments current.
Philadelphia Gas Works Conservation Works
The PGW Conservation Works Program (CWP) is designed to reduce energy usage, and help make energy bills affordable for low-income households. Currently, the CWP is targeted to gas-heating customers whose usage is average or above average and who are enrolled in the Customer Responsibility Program. Service may include a home diagnostic audit, energy education, and energy-related home repairs, among others.
Contact Information: Call 215-235-1000
Wellsboro Electric Company $1 Energy Fund
Provides grants to low-income residential customers for electric bills.
Contact Information: Call Wellsboro Electric Office: 570-724-3516
TW Phillips Gas & Oil Co. Energy Help Fund
This assistance program serves low-income families.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-222-5101
UGI Utilities Inc. - Gas and Electric UGI Utilities Inc. - Gas and Electric
Monthly payment will be based on a household's income rather than gas usage. When LISHP bills are paid on or before the due date the difference between the amounts billed and the actual amount used will be forgiven. Past due balance may be forgiven.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-844-9276.
UGI Utilities, Inc. Operation Share
Through UGI's Operation Share, customers can help troubled families meet their energy needs. For every $2 donated, UGI adds another $1 of funding, up to $4000 per year. The Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) administers the program and determines eligibility for assistance.
Call Electric Division: 1-800-962-1212
Gas Division: 1-800-340-5394
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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Warm Choice
A free weatherization program that first identifies an energy picture of your home and then takes action to seal up areas where heat escapes. This free program is designed for customers with low incomes and high gas usage.
Duquesne Light Stay Smart Comfort
Energy audit, free weatherization measures, energy education and services and measures to reduce your electric use and lower your monthly bill.
Met-Ed WARM Program
Met-Ed partners with community-based organizations and energy conservation contractors who perform energy-saving home improvements and energy education for customers.
Penelec Warm Program
Penelec partners with community-based organizations and energy conservation contractors who perform energy-saving home improvements and energy education for customers.
Penn Power WARM program
Free home energy education and weatherization assistance to help eligible low-income customers.
Pennsylvania Power & Light WRAP
Customers may qualify for energy education, energy-efficient appliances and home weatherization services such as insulation and caulking.
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