For Immediate Release
More Aid for Families Struggling with Winter Energy Bills through March 31, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. - Customers having problems paying their energy bills can find extra help this winter. Recently approved federal legislation increased the average energy assistance amount for participants of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in 2009.
The application period is through March 31, 2009. Below are the program details and contact information for the respective areas:
District of Columbia
District of Columbia customers seeking help should call the District Department of the Environment's Energy Office Division, at 311 or visit their Web site at www.dceo.dc.gov for application information and eligibility guidelines.
Also, qualified low-income customers may be eligible for Pepco's Residential Aid Discount (RAD) program. Pepco's RAD provides qualified District of Columbia customers with a discount on kilowatt-hours used each month. The discount varies depending on winter or summer usage.
All electric customers in the District of Columbia who are seeking help with their energy bill should call Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500 for more information on payment assistance options.
The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs administers MEAP for the state. Maryland customers seeking help should call their local energy assistance office for details:
Department of Health and Human Services1301 Piccard Drive , Rockville, Md.240-777-4450 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prince George's County:
Department of Social Services 425 Brightseat Road , Landover, Md. 301-909-6300 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional information can be found online at www.dhr.state.md.us/meap.
Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC is a federal wage supplement that can be claimed on the 2008 tax returns for eligible low-income working families and individuals.
Call the IRS at 1- 800-829-1040 or visit them online at www.irs.gov/eitc for more information.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 750,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.