One lingering after-effect of the coldest January in 20 years will be large heating bills.
Ohio Development Services Agency and the Public Utilities Commission of
Ohio want to remind Ohioans that the Percentage of Income
Payment Plan (PIPP) can help manage energy costs.
PIPP allows eligible Ohioans to pay their utility bills based on
a percentage of the household income. This makes monthly payments more
To be eligible for the PIPP Plus program, a
customer must have a total household income at-or-below 150 percent of
the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that's $35,325.
Eligible Ohioans that heat with gas will pay 6
percent of their monthly household income to their gas company and 6
percent to their electric company. Ohioans that heat with electricity
pay 10 percent of their monthly household income to their electric
After signing up for the program, the utility company will inform the customer of their PIPP installment payment amount. When a household
pays the monthly payment on-time and in-full, some of their old debt and
the rest of that month's bill goes away in the form of a credit on
their utility account.
To learn more about the program or to enroll call (800) 282-0880
Monday through Friday or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov
for more information.
A program application can be downloaded here
When applying, customers must provide proof of their gross monthly household income for at least the last three months.