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For Release: 01/22/2013

Peoples Gas Opens Its Share the Warmth Program

Matching Grants Available to Help Combat Winter Heating Bills

Chicago, IL – As temperatures dropped into the single digits giving Chicagoans winter weather they hadn't seen in nearly two years, Peoples Gas announced the opening of its Share the Warmth program to help Chicagoans get a leg up on winter heating bills.

Share the Warmth is Peoples Gas dedicated energy assistance program which provides matching grants of up to $200 for qualifying residential heating customers. Chicago residents who are struggling financially are strongly urged to apply to see if they are eligible. Qualifying residents whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level may be eligible to receive a matching grant of up to $200 on their natural gas bill. Customers may be eligible even if they have already received a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant this heating season.

LIHEAP funds are also currently still available and customers who have yet to receive a LIHEAP grant are encouraged to apply for both programs. "We've been fortunate to experience a mild winter so far," says Larry Szumski, vice president of Customer Relations. "Now is a good time to take advantage of the program and get ahead of your winter heating bills with a Share the Warmth matching grant."

Since 2000, Share the Warmth has provided more than $10 million in heating assistance grants to more than 50,000 families.

The program is funded through donations from Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas utilities, their employees and customers and a grant from the city of Chicago.

Customers can apply for both Share the Warmth and LIHEAP grants at several locations throughout the city of Chicago. A list of available sites can be found on our website at

When applying for a Share the Warmth and/or LIHEAP grant, customers should bring the following documentation with them:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the last 30 days
  • Copy of most recent utility bill
  • Proof of Social Security Numbers of all household members
  • A Medical Eligibility Card for any household member receiving TANF; and
  • Copy of rental agreement in cases where utilities are included in the rent

Customers who are not eligible to receive a Share the Warmth grant are encouraged to enroll in Budget Billing and take advantage of programs like the Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program. Budget Billing allows customers to spread their natural gas bills and payments more evenly over the year and enables them to have a better sense of how much they will pay each month.

The Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program offers rebates on purchases of furnaces, boilers, water heaters and home insulation. Owners of single-family homes and smaller multi-family buildings are eligible for rebates when they install certain types of energy-saving products.

For more information about the Share the Warmth and LIHEAP, the Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program and energy-saving tips, visit

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager-Public Relations
    Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas