Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OBB Mobile Express Participates in Utility Fairs

Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative, Inc. invited us to join them as they shared information about how to conserve energy, decrease electric bills and increase efficiency.

Vicki Bilek's smiling face greeted customers as she registered them and handed out light bulbs.

Here is one of the displays at the fair showing many types of compact flourescent lamps. According to Wikipedia: "compared to general service incandescent lamps giving the same amount of visible light, CFLs use less power and have a longer rated life". This translates to savings for the consumer. Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative applied for and received a grant to purchase these lightbulbs to distribute to consumers.

The OBB Mobile Express was on hand to assist these customers with their HEAP application. Since the HEAP application is at a higher eligibility rate (200% of FPL), many people can look forward to a credit on their heating bill this season.

Applications can be filled out with a benefit bank counselor, online using our self serve software or by downloading the application from the Ohio Department of Development website. No matter the method, the application needs to be printed off, verifications attached and then mailed to the ODD. Completed applications take two (2) months to process and clients should see a credit on their bill within that time. HEAP status can be checked by going to this website. It will let you know the application has been received and where it is in the process.

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