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The colder weather in South Jersey has led to higher bills for Atlantic City Electric customers.

The public utility reminds customers there are energy- assistance programs and common tips to help offset the costs.

A few of the programs include the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), in which customers may apply to secure a grant that provides as much as $1,000 toward energy bills.

Another program is the Universal Service Fund (USF), which helps ensure more affordable bills for eligible customers.

The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) program provides assistance for electric and natural gas bills for low- to moderate-income residents in a financial crisis.

The New Jersey SHARES is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to income-eligible New Jersey households.

Senior citizens and disabled adults may also apply for Lifeline, which offers $225 to people who meet certain income guidelines.

A slight uptick in warmer weather through March could also create opportunities for customers to lower their bills.

Atlantic City Electric recommends adjusting thermostat temperatures, turning down the temperature of water heaters, maintaining heating systems, opening curtains, reversing ceiling fan motors and energy-efficient lighting.

Contact: 609-272-7258 Twitter @acpressmaxreil

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