PHILADELPHIA GAS WORKS COLD WEATHER SURVEY SHOWS AN INCREASE IN HOMES ENTERING WINTER SEASON WITHOUT GAS SERVICE

(Philadelphia, Pa. – Dec. 15, 2016) – On Thursday, December 15, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) submitted its annual Cold Weather Survey to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The survey gathers data on the number of households that enter the Cold Weather Season without natural gas service. The Cold Weather Survey also allows PGW to reach out to those customers with the greatest level of need.

This year’s survey indicates that 9,574 of PGW’s approximately 474,000 residential customers do not have natural gas service, following the termination of their service during this calendar year. This year’s figure represents a 3.5 percent increase over 2015.

“The annual Cold Weather Survey helps PGW better identify customers in need of assistance and ensures that we can provide the right customers with the information they need to have service restored,” said Denise Adamucci, vice president of regulatory compliance and customer programs.

Information provided through this survey supplements PGW’s outreach work with neighborhood organizations, first responders, churches, elected officials, and community leaders.  It enables PGW to better educate customers and support households attempting to secure assistance to resume and maintain natural gas service.

Programs such as LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), Crisis, and UESF (Utility Emergency Services Fund) are currently available to help families restore their gas service. PGW is advising its customers to submit applications for LIHEAP now because grants are first-come, first-served. The fastest way for customers to see if they’re eligible for LIHEAP is to text the word FAST to the short phone number 75308.

Customers without service can also apply for a Crisis grant. Applications for Crisis must be made in person at the Department of Human Services’ Philadelphia County Assistance Office at 1348 W. Sedgley Avenue.

Customers who are not low income may be eligible for affordable payment arrangements that allow the restoration of service. Those customers should contact PGW as soon as possible at 215-235-1777

PGW urges its customers to visit www.pgworks.com or one of the company’s customer service centers for assistance. Philadelphians can also help to support those in need of heating assistance by donating to the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF). All donations are tax deductible. To donate, visit the Customer Care page of pgworks.com for Assistance Programs & Grants.



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