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Study: Less Pennsylvanians without heat this winter

Written by Mary Wilson | Dec 24, 2012 11:40 AM

(Harrisburg) -- An annual survey of Pennsylvania homes shows the number of people without electricity or gas this winter is down by about 1,500, compared to last year'’s tally.

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The Public Utility Commission'’s study shows just shy of 16,000 households have had their heating utilities disconnected in the past year.

Agency Spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher says utility representatives are calling, writing, and visiting people whose electricity or gas has been shut off. "And what they are doing is providing information to those customers on how to get service turned back on so that these customers are not going into the coldest part of the year without utility service and heat-related utility service," she says.

A few programs aim to help low-income households pay their heating bills or reduce their gas or electricity usage, including the state'’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

After January 2nd, LIHEAP will offer emergency grants to qualifying families that are in immediate danger of being without heat because of broken equipment or disconnected services.

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