PHILADELPHIA, NOV. 25, 2009 – – State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and The Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center are partnering to present “Be Utility Wise & Prepare Now for the Winter Months,” a free energy forum designed to give tips on how to save money on winter heating and water bills.

The forum will take place Thursday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway at 63rd and Catherine streets in Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public.

“Especially in the winter months, families have difficulty paying their utility bills,” Williams said. “This forum will give residents valuable information on how to minimize those bills and stay safe and warm this winter.”

Williams said attendees will receive information on available programs and services to help keep winter utility bills low, as well as tips on how to be more energy efficient during the winter months and year round. Participants will also learn about Act 129, Pennsylvania’s mandatory energy use reduction initiative, and how they can help do their part to lower their own energy consumption.

Representatives from the PUC, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), PECO Energy, Energy Coordinating Agency, Utility Emergency Services Fund and Verizon will be available with information and to answer questions.

For more information about the Forum, contact Marci Mayfield at 215-685-1900.

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