2008-10-31 / Top Stories

National Grid Offers Heating Assistance

In anticipation of a challenging season for winter heating costs, National Grid is contributing $1 million to fuel assistance funds in New England and New York to help lessen the burden for those most in need.

"I applaud National Grid's commitment to help New Yorkers as they prepare to face another cold winter," said Governor David A. Paterson. "In a time of economic crisis, companies such as National Grid set an example for how we all need to look out for our fellow citizens who have trouble making ends meet. I am particularly pleased to see the corporate and nonprofit sectors partnering at this critical time."

The company will provide a total of $300,000 to the Neighborhood Heating Fund/HeartShare (Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island) and the United Way of Long Island's Project Warmth. These organizations provide heating assistance funds to qualified applicants whether or not they are National Grid customers, and regardless of which fuel they use to heat their homes.

Neighborhood Heating Fund was created in 1983 and is administered by HeartShare Human Services of New York. Eligibility for assistance is based on New York State HEAP income guidelines. For information on how to donate or for funding application locations, call the Neighborhood Heating Fund Info line at (718) 522- 6514.

Project Warmth is a communitybased partnership between National Grid, local businesses and not-for-profit agencies designed to help Long Island families suffering from recent financial hardships to meet their heating needs. For further information, call Project Warmth at Long Island's United Way, (631) 940-3757.

"Given the economy and still-high natural gas supply costs, many people may struggle to heat their homes this winter," said Nick Stavropoulos, National Grid executive vice president of Gas Distribution Operations. "We invite our customers who can do so to contribute to these organizations. Contributions to Neighborhood Heating Fund and Project Warmth are tax deductible.

Stavropoulos also urged National Grid customers to take advantage of the company's natural gas energy efficiency programs that can help them save money and reduce environmental impact.

Current efficiency programs include incentives for installation of high-efficiency, natural gas space heating and water heating equipment; rebates for specific Energy Star products used to decrease natural gas use; a self-service audit tool on National Grid's web site to help customers identify ways to improve energy efficiency and gain easy access to on-line suppliers of energy efficient products; and a high-efficiency heating and water heating program for commercial customers.

For more information, contact National Grid.

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