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Financial Assistance Available for Utility Bills

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The District Department of the Environment's Energy Division (DDOE) is offering financial assistance for utility bills for DC's low-income residents. Eligible residents should call the Energy Hotline at (202) 673-6750 to schedule an appointment to apply for energy assistance.

An applicant whose electric, gas, or oil service has been cut off does not need an appointment to apply. They may come to the DDOE, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. They should bring proof of income, their most recent utility bills and picture ID. The DDOE is located at 2000 14th Street, NW,  Suite 300 E.

Consumer should remember that when trying to heat or light their homes, safety is critical. Please consider these safety tips suggested by the Home Safety Council:

  • Use kerosene heaters only where permitted by law. Use the recommended grade kerosene and never use an alternative fuel. Kerosene heaters must be fueled outside.
  • Never use a gas or charcoal grill inside your home or in a closed garage.
  • Stock up on batteries, flashlights, portable radios, canned foods, manual can openers, bottled water and blankets.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid a possible fire hazard. 
For more information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), please call the Energy Hotline at (202) 673-6750.