We’re asking you to help us spread the word about LIHEAP.

Formally known as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, it is a federally-funded program that helps pay the home energy bills of customers who meet income-eligibility requirements.

If you fall within income limits, we urge you to apply. The bitter cold, aka the polar vortex, has stayed away for the most part so far this winter. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t folks out there who couldn’t use this help and it doesn’t mean arctic air won’t decide to visit for a while.

We’ve been reaching out about LIHEAP. So far this winter, our customers have received $3.72 million in LIHEAP grants, up 21 percent over the same period last year. We’re glad to help getting to those who need it.

If you don’t qualify for LIHEAP, you may know someone who is. Getting help with energy bills means a limited income can go further. And that’s a good thing.

LIHEAP is administered by the state Department of Welfare, but don’t let that prevent you from looking into the program. You don’t have to receive public assistance to qualify. You don’t even have to have an unpaid heating. Plus, it doesn’t matter if you own or rent your home.

LIHEAP funds are grants you don’t have to repay. In addition to energy bills, it can be used for heating emergencies such as a broken furnace.

So what are you waiting for? Visit www.pplelectric.com/liheap today to find out more. And help us spread the LIHEAP word.