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Mercer County homes will see cheaper heating bills this winter

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National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation has told the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that its quarterly gas supply charges will be dropping by a little over $3.

This 4.4% decrease is effective today, Tuesday, November 1.

The main driver of the adjustment is low market prices. Low market prices for natural gas are continuing due in large part to the large supply of Marcellus Shale gas. Nearly all of the gas consumed by National Fuel utility customers comes from Northeast-produced shale gas.

Also, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, opens today, Tuesday, November 1.  Eligibility for this federally funded program is based on income guidelines and household size. Monies are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit www.LIHEAPhelps.com or contact 1-877-443-2743. 

Customers who are having trouble paying their bills are encouraged to call National Fuel Customer Service at 1-800-365-3234 to discuss available payment programs and services.

Programs include:
· Budget Plan: predictable monthly gas bills and stabilized heating payments for the year.
· Deferred Payment Agreement: customers can negotiate a payment plan in the event of a problem or special circumstance.
· LIRA (Low-Income Residential Assistance Program): reduced-rate monthly bills and debt forgiveness.
· LIURP (Low Income Usage Reduction Program): weatherization assistance for customers who meet income and consumption requirements.
· CARES (Customer Assistance Referral Evaluation Services): payment arrangements and assistance referrals for customers facing hardships.
· Neighbor for Neighbor Heat Fund: helps customers, who are having difficulty paying bills and who meet one of the following criteria: at least 55 years old, disabled, have a certified medical condition, or receiving unemployment benefits, and meet basic energy needs.

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