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Peoples Gas

For Release: 09/10/2014

Priority Period for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Opens

Seniors (60+) & People with Disabilities Can Apply Now

CHICAGO, IL – The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open for enrollment. Peoples Gas is encouraging its customers to start planning now for winter and apply for LIHEAP if they need assistance with their natural gas bills.

LIHEAP opened on September 1 for seniors (60+) and people with disabilities. The program provides grants to help customers pay outstanding bills, reconnect service, and maintain natural gas service. During last year’s heating season, LIHEAP provided more than 81,000 Peoples Gas households with more than $42 million in financial assistance.

“Last winter was one of the coldest winters in decades,” said Larry Szumski, vice president, Customer Relations. “We want our customers to stay warm this winter. We urge customers who need assistance to apply early for a LIHEAP grant.”

LIHEAP is administered by CEDA (Community Economic Development Association). Peoples Gas customers should call the CEDA hotline at (800) 571-CEDA (2332) or visit to find the location of the closest LIHEAP application site.

Customers who meet the criteria may be eligible for a grant if their income is 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. When applying for a LIHEAP grant, customers should bring the following documents:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date
  • Copy of most recent utility bill
  • Proof of Social Security Numbers of all household members
  • If a household member receives TANF, you must bring their Medical Eligibility Card
  • Applicants that have their utilities included in the rent must bring proof of rental

LIHEAP will open more widely on October 1 to households where disconnection due to non-payment has occurred in households with children under five years old and for LIHEAP eligible households where the home’s heating system is non-operable and/or has been red tagged by the utility company. General enrollment for all other qualified customers will begin on Nov. 1.

Customers can also visit for a list of application sites and guidelines, as well as tips on conservation and energy efficiency, two great tools in helping to manage energy costs.

Peoples Gas says customers shouldn’t wait until the first cold snap and offers the following tips to help customers prepare for winter:

  • Schedule your appointment now to have your natural gas turned on
  • Have your furnace or boiler checked by a licensed technician or contractor
  • Prevent disconnection by ensuring that your Peoples Gas account is up-to-date
  • Take advantage of free energy- and water-saving products being offered through the Peoples Gas Home Energy Jumpstart Program
  • Take advantage of rebates being offered through the Peoples Gas Home Energy Rebate Program for the purchase of for high-efficiency furnaces, boilers, water heaters and other items

Peoples Gas would like to remind customers that federal law requires regular inspection of natural gas meters and service pipes located inside homes. To avoid any disruption to your natural gas service or financial assistance, please ensure you allow Peoples Gas to inspect your meter when necessary.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 831,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson (Media)
    Manager, Public Relations
    (312) 240-3661
    (312) 907-7333 (CELL)