It’s time to sign up for heating assistance in Pa.

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The Low Income Energy Assistance Program in Pennsylvania is anow accepting applications.

About 150,000 Philadelphia customers are eligible for LIHEAP, a program that helps those in need pay energy bills.

The program will not not have as much money to give out this year as it did a year ago, according to Beverly Mackereth, secretary of the state Department of Public Welfare.

“We believe there may be a decrease in LIHEAP money from the federal government do to sequestration,” she said. “We are waiting for word from the federal government so we know that for sure.”

Just about 90,000 of the 150,000 city residents who qualify for the program actually apply for it, according to Doug Oliver of the Philadelphia Gas Works . Grants are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Some of the grants approach $1,000, but average about $250. PECO and PGW offer sign-up opportunities on their websites.

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