Tuesday, October 19, 2010

PIPP of a Heating Plan for Ohio

The PIPP Plus heating plan begins in Ohio this fall.  In it, people who are within 150% of the poverty level, who are served by state regulated utilities, can be charged a flat percentage of their monthly income (6% if gas is their primary heat source; 10% if electricity) year round.  The bonus is that if they keep current with their payments--full, on-time payments each month--they will be given a credit for the money they owed the utility from the past.  I tell people that there is rarely money to pay old debts, but in this case, you can in fact help erase your old debts.  Contact your local Community Action Agency, or call (800) 282-0880 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more information.

If you are in another state, see this energy assistance page to find a good program for you.  Many states, like Ohio, have several programs to help people in energy need.  Here's a page with links to the disconnect policies of each of the states, telling you under what circumstances power companies in states are forbidden to shut off power.

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