As temperatures rise this summer, National Grid reminds customers that there are no-cost and low-cost methods of staying comfortable in the heat while reducing energy consumption and costs. These tips are even more important as the impact of global events on energy supply prices continues to have a bearing on household budgets.
One way customers can control their costs is using our Budget Billing Plan. The plan helps customers afford their monthly energy costs all year long. Customers pay a monthly amount based on their average energy usage, spreading the costs across the course of time to provide a predictable monthly payment amount. We periodically review accounts and adjust payment amounts to keep customers on track if their usage increases or decreases. Participation is free of charge and can be discontinued at any time without penalty.
In addition, simple energy efficiency steps can reduce energy usage. Closing window drapes and blinds during the day can block the sun's light and heat into your home. Running fans along with your air conditioning creates a windchill effect by distributing and circulating cold air throughout a room, allowing you to turn up your thermostat. Changing or cleaning the reusable filter in your air conditioner can improve air flow and efficiency.
National Grid also recommends taking the following steps to make your home more energy efficient:
BEFORE IT GETS TOO HOT
Click here to learn about our residential, multi-family, and commercial energy efficiency programs, and find more information on ways to reduce your energy costs.
ENERGY SUPPLY COSTS AND BILL HELP
Energy supply prices are set by the market, not National Grid. To help reduce price volatility, the National Grid strategically buys energy supply and never marks up supply costs; customers pay what we pay. Customers also have the option to choose an alternate supplier for the energy National Grid delivers. Just as consumers can shop and compare prices before buying clothes, appliances or other services, we encourage customers to consider all available energy supply options and determine which one will best meet their needs. Click here to learn more about energy choice.
National Grid also provides various options for customers who need help paying their bills. To learn more, click here. In addition, households receiving public assistance, supplemental security income, food stamps or other public assistance or the elderly may qualify for Emergency HEAP grants, which have been extended through August 31, 2022, or until funds run out. For more information on how to apply, click here. Customers eligible for HEAP also will qualify for National Grid's Energy Affordability Program.
National Grid Consumer Advocates also are available to work with low-income and vulnerable customers to find the affordability programs that best fits their needs. The company's Consumer Advocates provided assistance to nearly 31,000 households in 2021. To speak with a Consumer Advocate, call 1-800-642-4272.
Additionally, National Grid offers a variety of services and rebates for renters, homeowners and businesses. These include rebates on installation of wi-fi enabled thermostats, hot water pipe insulation, combination furnace-water heaters and thermostatic radiator valves. For more information on available rebates click here.
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