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Heating help is available to eligible Tennessee residents

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- – With the arrival of colder temperatures, Chattanooga Gas is encouraging eligible customers who may need help with paying their energy bills this winter season to apply for the available financial assistance program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers a one-time payment to a resident's monthly heating bill regardless of the energy source used in the home.

"Financial assistance is available for households who may need help with their energy bills. There are many individuals who can benefit from this program. It is far too often that the individuals who need assistance the most are the ones who don't know about programs like LIHEAP," said Bryan Batson, president of Chattanooga Gas. "Funds are limited therefore residents are encouraged to apply now while they're available."
 
LIHEAP funds are administered locally by the Chattanooga Department of Social Services and are available for applicants who have an income level not exceeding 150 percent of the poverty level, published each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Tennessee reported more than 125,000 households in Tennessee received LIHEAP funds in 2011.

In addition to applying for heating assistance help, customers of Chattanooga Gas may be eligible for a free programmable thermostat under the company's energySMART program. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using the recommended manufacturer settings on a programmable thermostat, consumers can save up to $180 a year on their home's heating and cooling bills.
 
Residents interested in learning how to apply for LIHEAP, or any other heating assistance program, should call Bradley-Cleveland Community Services at (423) 479-4111 or Hamilton County Social Services at (432) 757-5551 (inside city limits) and (423) 209-6855 (outside city limits). 
 
Customers interested in obtaining a free programmable thermostat can apply online at www.chattanoogagas.com.
 

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