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New Jersey Citizen Action Also Offers Heating Help

CourierPostOnline — Sunday, December 11, 2005

By Courier-Post Staff

CAMDEN — Helping low- and middle-income people buy their first home is not the only program that New Jersey Citizen Action administers.

It also operates New Jersey Citizen Action Oil Group, open to all state residents who have oil heat in their homes. It is operational in all 21 counties.

For an annual fee of $24 for an individual household or $15 for a senior citizen household, it will put you in touch with a full-service oil company in your county that is part of the program. There is no credit check.

Homeowners or home renters who purchase their own heating oil can save anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent on the cost of a gallon of fuel oil.

The home owner can also purchase full-service contracts that include cleaning and repairs of their home oil heating systems.

They can get automatic or "will call" fills, oil tank insurance, budget billing, cash on delivery billing or 20- to 30-day billing.

With officials saying the average cost to heat a home this year will be about $2,000, the program can save the homeowner or renter about $350 to $400, according to the group.

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