ComEd Brings Assistance Information to Furloughed Federal Employees
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 25, 2019--ComEd representatives will be onsite at O’Hare International Airport Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to assist federal employees who may be struggling to cover their energy expenses following the ongoing government shutdown. Federal employees are asked to bring their federal ID to the site, where they can receive information on setting up assistance arrangements and applying for grants. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, ComEd met and assisted federal employees at Midway International Airport.
In addition to providing bill assistance information to federal employees at O’Hare, representatives from the ComEd ® Energy Efficiency Program also will be available to provide energy-saving tips, including information on rebates, discounts, free assessments, and more to help customers save at home. They can also schedule appointments for Home Energy Assessments, which are free visual home inspections designed to provide customers with personalized recommendations to save energy and money.
“As more federal employees face choices about how to pay their bills, we want to help provide assistance to customers who may be struggling,,” said Jane S. Park, senior vice president, Customer Operations. “By providing on-site assistance and information, we hope to make it easier for these individuals to find the help they need.”
Energy Assistance Options for All ComEd Customers
ComEd reminds all customers of important bill-assistance options available across northern Illinois to help them meet their energy needs. Customers who struggle to cover their energy expenses have a growing range of assistance options from ComEd. The company offers financial assistance programs, flexible payment options, and programs to reduce energy use and costs, all of which can help eligible customers reduce budget strain and avoid disconnection of service.Payment Options ComEd offers payment options, such as budget billing, which averages payments out over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, and flexible payment arrangements, including individually tailored payment installment plans. Customers who may be experiencing financial hardship should visit ComEd.com/CARE. Financial Assistance Programs Under the Residential Special Hardship program, customers who face financial hardship such as job loss or unexpected loss of income, illness, military deployment, senior or disability hardships, may be eligible for grants of up to $500 once every two years based on need. The CHAMP (ComEd Helps Activated/Veteran Military Personnel) program enables activated and deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, and Reserves and honorably discharged veterans to apply for grants of up to $1,000 once every two years, deferred payment plans, cancellation of late charges, and other benefits. Under the Nonprofit Special Hardship program, nonprofit organizations that struggle to pay their electric bills may be eligible for grants of up to $2,000 once every two years, to help them cover their expenses and continue to fulfill their missions and serve the community. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) enables low-income households to apply for assistance paying for winter energy services. Administered by community agencies throughout ComEd’s region, LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. Ways to Save Energy and Money The ComEd ® Energy Efficiency Program empowers homeowners, businesses and municipalities to save money and energy through rebates, discounts and assessments that help them use energy more wisely. These programs and more are made available through the 2017 enactment of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which established $50 million in shareholder-funded ComEd programs over five years to support veterans and active or disabled military personnel, seniors and families, local nonprofits, and eligible customers who face financial hardship. Under FEJA, ComEd also will invest $42 million per year from 2018 to 2021 on programs to help income eligible customers reduce energy use and save money. FEJA redefined the eligibility requirements for these programs, dramatically expanding the number of people who can take advantage of them.
Learn about customer assistance programs at ComEd.com/CARE or by calling 800-334-7661.
Learn about energy efficiency offerings at ComEd.com/WaysToSave.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), a Fortune 100 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit and connect with the company on , and .
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