Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate

 

 

Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate
555 Walnut Street
5th Floor Forum Place
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1923

Phone: 717-783-5048 or toll free 800-684-6560
Fax: 717-783-7152

Email: consumer@paoca.org

Natural Gas Information

Natural Gas Shopping Guides and Statistics

Residential Consumer's Natural Gas Shopping Guide - how to shop for natural gas and compare prices for gas suppliers in each major natural gas utility service territory.

Residential Natural Gas Shopping Statistics - a quarterly update showing the number and percentage of residential customers served by alternative natural gas suppliers throughout Pennsylvania.

Pricing Information

Energy Explained Web Banner

Frequently Asked Questions About High Natural Gas Bills

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps individuals with low income pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants.  For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) website at www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap.

Universal Service Phone Numbers -  Each utility company has programs available to customers, who are on a limited or fixed income, to assist them with utility bills.

How to Make A Donation to a Hardship Fund

Winter weather is upon us. There are many Pennsylvanians who could use help in paying their energy bills. Your donation can assist needy households to keep their gas and electric service on this winter. Consider donating to your company's hardship funds. Click here to find out how to donate.

Saving Energy

Stay Warm PA Web site - The Stay Warm PA Web site can provide you with some ready answers on everything from steps you can take to conserve energy to what to do if your utility service has been cut off.

US Department of Energy - Energy Savers Booklet - Energy tips provided by the U.S. Department Of Energy. Booklets are also available from our office. Email your request to consumer@paoca.org or call  our office at 1-800-684-6560. For additional energy saving information, visit the U.S. Department Of Energy, Energy Savers website.

Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) - HELP was created by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department to make energy efficiency improvements affordable.  It provides fixed rate, private loans of up to $10,000 to homeowners living in their homes.  Borrowers of all income levels are eligible, but borrowers must be creditworthy.  Loans can help finance insulation and siding, windows and doors, furnaces, boilers, air conditioning, heat pumps, thermostats and controls, and lighting equipment that is EnergyStar certified or better. For more information on Keystone HELP visit www.keystonehelp.com or call toll free 1-888-AFC FIRST (232-3477).

Recent Natural Gas Energy Related Items

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - The deadline to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to April 26, 2013. To apply online, visit www.compass.state.pa.us. To request an application, call the statewide LIHEAP Hotline at 1-866-857-7095 or visit your local county assistance office.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Columbia Gas conversion to therm billing.

The Office of Consumer Advocate joins with Western PA Natural Gas Utilities to support Low Income Energy Programs

Joint Petition for Settlement of Philadelphia Gas Works' 20I0-20II GCR Proceeding along with Philadelphia Gas Works' Statement in Support of its 2010-2011 GCR Proceeding.

 

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