It’s getting closer to fall, and it’s time to renew applications for the Heat and Energy Assistance Program through the Ohio Department of Development. This is the program that helps to lower your heating bill through the fall and winter in Columbus. If you haven’t received the application through the mail, visit the website at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. and download it.
Remember to submit the right copies with your application so it won’t be held up – proof of citizenship, proof of income, and copies of your heating bills (gas and electric). Send it all back to the Department of Development.
Recently, somebody may have come to your door talking to you about choosing a provider for your energy resource. It can be confusing and scary – it was for me! I chose to take the information so I can make comparisons and choose the right one for me.
Energy deregulation allows consumers the option of purchasing energy supply from an Energy Services Company (ESCO) of their choice. The transportation and delivery of energy is still regulated by the state, and the local utility company still delivers energy through their wires and pipelines. Since deregulation, the utility company is no longer the only option for energy supply.
If this is confusing for you, visit the Good Energy website and try the NO-OBLIGATION ELECTRICITY RATE ANALYSIS. Just have 12 months of your energy bills ready.
Be aware of Energy Credit scam! The Ohio Department of Development is warning consumers about a nationwide scam targeted at eliciting personal information and account numbers through false offers of an Obama Energy Credit. Be wary of anyone claiming to represent a utility company asking for personal information and account numbers. Divulging personal information could lead to identity theft as the scammers use the information to open fraudulent bank or credit card accounts; and customers’ utility bills could go unpaid leading to late charges and potential disruption of utility service. THERE IS NO SUCH CREDIT.