Event will provide attendees with energy management tips and help with applying for energy assistance
BALTIMORE, July 21, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that, along with the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, it will host an energy management and energy assistance application event for limited income customers. The event will be held on today, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army, located at 351 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis, Md. This event is specifically for qualifying limited income customers who have not applied for energy assistance during the period of July 1 – 21, 2011.
“Customers should never wait until they are in crisis to contact BGE for assistance with their energy bills,” said Jeannette M. Mills, senior vice president and chief customer officer, BGE. “Calling BGE immediately gives us the opportunity to work directly with our customers to help them manage their energy needs and determine their options, which may include setting up special payment arrangements. Customers attending this event will not only receive help with the application process for energy assistance, but they will also receive energy management tips, as well as information on other community resources. In addition, customers are encouraged to visit bge.com for information on managing energy when temperatures are high, which typically causes electric usage to increase.”
Income eligibility guidelines for the current enrollment period are as follows:
Household Size, Maximum Monthly Gross Income
For each additional person in the household, add $557.08.
Eligible applicants must have an existing BGE account or be in the process of applying for a new account. Customers applying for energy assistance should bring the following with them for fast and efficient processing:
o Government issued photo identification
o Proof of total gross income for the last 30 days for all household members
o Proof of residence (lease, rent book, mortgage statement, etc.)
o Copies of Social Security cards for all household members including children
o Copy of most recent utility bill
o Name of home energy supplier and account number
Not only should limited income customers take advantage of available grants, but BGE encourages all customers, including limited income customers, to take advantage of the many programs available through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, which are intended to help them increase the energy efficiency of their homes and conserve energy as much as possible, all of which also helps them better manage energy bills. Additionally, BGE offers some programs specifically targeted to limited income customers.
BGE customers are also encouraged to enroll in the utility’s Budget Billing program which spreads payments out over a 12 month period so customers aren’t as affected by seasonal increases in usage. Typically, the budget billing plan begins with the next month’s bill.
Customers may learn more about payment and billing options by visiting BGE’s Financial and Billing assistance information on the website, at www.bge.com/financialassistance.
Customers who need aid may also contact the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) or the Fuel Fund of Maryland. While energy assistance events are held periodically throughout the year, qualifying customers can apply for grants at any OHEP office during normal business hours. For more information on state income guidelines, and for information on where and how to apply for assistance, call OHEP toll free at 800-352-1446 or in Baltimore City at 410-396-5555.
BGE, www.bge.com, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is an indirect subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.