Home Energy Assistance Period Opens October 9, 2012

Monday, October 08, 2012

Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410 office
(804) 512-1425 cellular

Chester, VA – October 8, 2012 – The application period for Virginia residents seeking financial assistance for the 2012-2013 heating season through the Virginia Energy Assistance program opens on October 9 and continues through November 9, 2012. The Virginia Department of Social Services administers the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program through the Virginia Energy Assistance program. Eligible consumers can make applications at their local Department of Social Services office.

“We are encouraging consumers to take advantage of this energy assistance application period so they can be helped later this winter,” said Carl W. Levander, president of Columbia Gas of Virginia. “In addition, we urge any of our customers who are facing difficulty in making payments to contact us early as possible, so that we can direct them to payment options, our WarmWise energy efficiency program and other assistance resources.”

To learn more about eligibility requirements go to www.dss.virginia.gov or call 2-1-1. Columbia Gas of Virginia customers can also call its Energy Assistance Hotline at 1.800.272.2714 for assistance support or log on to www.columbiagasva.com to find the local Department of Social Services offices serving their community.

Virginia Fuel Assistance Eligibility Criteria

Must be at or below 130% of the Federal Income Guidelines.

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Families of more than (5) add $429/monthly or $5,148/year for each additional family member.



The Fuel Assistance Program in Virginia is based on need.


For more information on bill payment options, energy assistance and other information please go to www.columbiagasva.com, click on Manage Your Account or call Columbia Gas of Virginia’s Customer Contact Center at 1.800.543.8911.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia

Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia.  With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE.  Learn more at www.ColumbiaGasVa.com.