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ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH EAST OHIO GAS

 ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
 OFFERED THROUGH EAST OHIO GAS
 CLEVELAND, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- East Ohio Gas is reminding all customers of the availability of various energy assistance and credit programs for customers throughout its service area, as well as the availability of an energy conservation tape for in-home viewing or group use.
 "We realize these are difficult economic times for many East Ohio Gas customers," said Patrick A. Carney, vice president of public affairs. "East Ohio Gas is sensitive to that fact and is willing to work with customers to ensure that their gas service is maintained during the winter heating months."
 Applications are currently available for winter heating assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP. Under the HEAP program, customers can receive up to 40 percent discounts on heating bills during the three winter months. The actual amount of assistance depends upon the size of the household, total income and type of fuel used for heat.
 Former HEAP recipients receive new applications by mail and must complete them on an annual basis. New applicants may obtain applications from area libraries, post offices, social service agencies or any East Ohio Gas office. The deadline for filing HEAP applications is January 31, 1993.
 Percentage of Income Payment Plan, or PIP, also allows income- eligible customers to maintain gas service by paying 10 percent of their monthly household income instead of the total gas bill from November 1 through April 15. From April 15, through October 31, PIP customers pay either 10 percent of their monthly household income or their current gas bill, whichever is higher.
 Participation in the PIP program is arranged directly through East Ohio Gas and the company mandates all PIP customers to seek additional assistance through the HEAP Program. A joint program application form is available to East Ohio Gas customers.
 Qualification for participation in both the HEAP and PIP programs is determined by state-prescribed income guidelines based on a formula at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty index. For instance, a four-person household with a total annual income limit of $20,925 would be eligible for assistance under the programs. An income allowance of $3570 is allowed for each additional family member to determine the total annual household income.
 Effective November 1, HEAP also provides a one-time emergency grant for customers whose gas service has been actually disconnected for nonpayment, or customers who have received a final nonpayment disconnection notice. Customers applying for the Emergency HEAP grant must apply in person at an Emergency HEAP office with proof of income and a copy of their bill.
 The Minimum Payment Program is also available to customers experiencing temporary difficulty making full payment on their gas bills. Under this program customers pay one third of the current bill. No income guidelines apply and no special arrangements are necessary to participate. The customer is still responsible for eventual payment of the total bill.
 Customers needing additional information on HEAP may call toll- free, 800-282-0880. They can also obtain HEAP, PIP or Emergency HEAP information or make individual credit arrangements by calling the local East Ohio Gas telephone number listed in their telephone directory or on their gas bill.
 To further assist East Ohio Gas customers in holding down their energy costs, the company has produced a video entitled "Energy Conservation In The Home," which gives homeowners, groups and other area residents the opportunity to learn more about low-cost ways to save energy and money through conservation. The VHS video tape is available through most public libraries in northeast Ohio or through the East Ohio Gas Company Speaker's Bureau.
 Customers receiving their October/November gas bills should also note an informative article on energy conservation in "Consumer Newsline," the company's bill insert newsletter.
 For more information on energy conservation, consumer services or the East Ohio Speaker's Bureau, contact the Consumer and Educational Relations Department at 216-736-6205.
 Cleveland-based East Ohio Gas is the largest subsidiary of Consolidated Natural Gas, headquartered in Pittsburgh. The 2,500 employees of East Ohio Gas serve more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers in 270 northeast Ohio communities.
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 /CONTACT: Tracy Oliver of East Ohio Gas, 216-736-6224 or toll-free in Ohio, 800-556-4400/ CO: East Ohio Gas ST: Ohio IN: UTI SU:


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