When the weather is cold, heating is an even bigger burden for low-income households because of increasing energy costs. The city government has decided to help them.
It has chosen 2,971 households that are suffering the most heavily. It will offer 1,766 families vouchers for cylindrical briquettes. For 1,123 households using LPG and 82 households using kerosene, the city government will offer them cash or coupons.
In addition, it will grant a maximum of 200,000 won per household to families that have had their energy supply cut off because they have not paid their electric or gas bills for more than three months. The money will be given to them in order for them to pay their bills and restore their energy supply right away.
A coupon for cylindrical briquettes is worth 169,000 won, which is equivalent to 320 briquettes at their current price. It can be used with licensed dealers or at factories through their delivery contractors. The coupon validity is until April 30, 2013.
For each of the 1,123 households using LPG for cooking and heating purposes, a card worth 90,000 won, or about 40kg of LPG, is offered. For each of 82 families using kerosene boilers, 300,000 won for about 200 liters of kerosene at the current price is granted.
The LPG card expires on January 31, 2013. The kerosene purchase must be made by December 31, 2012.
The application for the support in the payment of electric or gas bills within the limit of 200,000 won can be made in community centers, KEPCO, or social welfare agencies until January 31, 2013. Inquiries can be made at the Green Energy Division of City Hall (Tel. +82-2-2115-7728) or resident centers.