With the average New Jersey homeowner paying more than $160 a month in energy bills according to researcher Move.org, representatives from New Jersey Natural Gas and state agencies will host a series of “days of assistance” in Morris County to help consumers look for ways to lower their energy costs.

The first event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Salvation Army headquarters in Dover. The next one will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 29 at the Parsippany Community Center in Lake Hiawatha. The final event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 29 at the Denville Municipal Building.

“There are energy assistance programs available for households of varying income levels,” Maria Delaplain, the utility’s energy assistance manager, said in a statement. in the old days.”

NJNG and state representatives will be present at the events to answer questions, help determine which programs can meet client needs, and assist with the application process.

Customers can also learn how to apply for grants that can help cover home energy costs. Those behind on their bills can also schedule payment terms to help bring their accounts up to date.

To request assistance, customers should bring:

  • Social security cards for all household members;
  • proof of income for all household members over the age of 18;
  • a deed or a rental lease;
  • recent natural gas and electricity bills; and
  • government-issued identification for the applicant.

Visit NJNG for more information on Assistance Days events or call 800-221-0051 and say “energy assistance” when prompted.

Wholesale natural gas prices for September delivery hit a 14-year high last month, impacted by the energy crisis in Europe and strong demand for air conditioning in the United States

“Unfortunately, gas prices will go up for American consumers,” Eugene Kim, director of natural gas research at energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie, told USA TODAY. “When we have to turn on our heaters, that’s when we start to see big increases in our gas bills.”

According to the State Board of Public Utilities, under New Jersey’s Energy Deregulation Act, customers can purchase third-party energy providers at the best price on their energy supplies.

“Their electric and natural gas utilities will continue to provide these supplies through their wires and pipes and will respond to emergencies, should they arise – regardless of where these supplies are purchased,” reads a notice from the BPU.

More information and questions to ask potential energy providers can be found on the state board’s website.

New Jersey Natural Gas maintains more than 7,600 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure to serve more than 568,000 customers in Morris, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Burlington counties.

USA Today writer Bailey Schulz contributed to this report.

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