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Percentage of Income Payment Plan Can Help Deal With Those Big Heating Bills
Posted on: 01/30/2014
By  Mike Cullums
One lingering after-effect of the coldest January in 20 years will be large heating bills.
The 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 affordable year-round.
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 company.
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. 
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